Jordin Tootoo

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Jordin Tootoo
ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ
Jordin Tootoo - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Tootoo in September 2014
Born (1983-02-02) February 2, 1983 (age 33)
Churchill, Manitoba
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 98th overall, 2001
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2003–present

Jordin John Kudluk Tootoo (Inuktitut: ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ;[1] born February 2, 1983) is a Canadian professional hockey player who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tootoo has previously played for the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in an NHL game.[2] Tootoo is widely regarded as one of the NHL's best active agitators, and is able to annoy, fight, and distract other players to help his team win. At the end of the 2014-15 NHL season, Tootoo had 880 career PIMs in 607 NHL games.

Playing career[edit]

Tootoo in 2010 with Nashville

Nashville Predators[edit]

Tootoo played Bantam AAA hockey in Spruce Grove, Alberta. The Brandon Wheat Kings selected him in the 3rd round of the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft. Tootoo played for the Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1999 to 2003 and was selected 98th overall[3] in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the sixth choice of the Nashville Predators. He became the first player of Inuit descent to play in a regular season NHL game when he suited up against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Opening Night October 9, 2003. He was also the first person of Inuit descent to be drafted by an NHL team. Tootoo wears the number '22' as a play on words of his name.[2]

Tootoo got his first NHL point with an assist on a Dan Hamhuis goal against the St. Louis Blues on October 16, 2003 and scored his first NHL goal against the Atlanta Thrashers on October 23. Tootoo has also earned two "Gordie Howe hat tricks"—on January 10, 2004, and December 8, 2007—when he notched a goal, an assist, and a fighting major in each game.

He spent the 2005–06 season between the Nashville Predators and the Predators' minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he played during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On July 21, 2006 he was re-signed by the Predators to a two-year contract. On January 31, 2008, he was re-signed to another two-year contract extension.

Tootoo scored his first playoff goal on April 10, 2008, against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of Game 1 of the 2008 Western Conference Quarter Finals in a 3–1 loss.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Tootoo warming up during the 2012-13 NHL season

Tootoo was designated an unrestricted free agent after the 2011–12 season. He signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville's Central Division rival on July 1, 2012.[4] He scored his first goal as a Red Wing against his former team, the Predators on February 19, 2013.

On June 18, 2014, the Red Wings placed Tootoo on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a compliance buyout.[5]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

Tootoo attended the training camp for the New Jersey Devils on a tryout basis and signed a one-year contract with the team on October 7, 2014. He played with the team for 68 games during the 2014–15 season. He scored 10 goals, had 5 assists, and sat for 72 PIM ranking 55th most penalty points in the NHL. On May 8, 2015, he was re-signed to a second one-year $825,000 contract.

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

As a free agent on July 5, 2016, Tootoo left the Devils to sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.[6]

Suspensions and disciplinary issues[edit]

Tootoo has faced NHL disciplinary action on multiple occasions for his actions. On March 17, 2007, Tootoo punched defenceman Stéphane Robidas of the Dallas Stars in the face during a game. Robidas was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion. Two days later the NHL issued Tootoo a five-game suspension without pay, and accusations of "dirty" play were leveled. These accusations were resurrected after an incident on October 11, 2007, in which Tootoo hit the head of Daniel Winnik of the Phoenix Coyotes with his shoulder.[7]

On December 6, 2011, the NHL again suspended Tootoo, this time for two games, as a result of a charging incident against Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Ryan Miller in a game played on December 3, 2011.[8] The incident occurred after Nashville's own GM, David Poile, publicly supported league action to prevent such hits on goaltenders.[8]

Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Derek Dorsett accused Tootoo of throwing a sucker punch at him during a game on February 20, 2013.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Jordin Tootoo's older brother Terence played for the Roanoke Express of the ECHL in the 2001–02 season. Terence had a successful junior career with the OCN Blizzard, and was named the Express' Rookie of the Year.[10] In August 2002, Terence committed suicide at the age of 22, in the wake of an arrest for drunk driving.[11]

Tootoo's middle name, Kudluk, means "thunder" in Inuktitut.[12] Jordin's mother Rose (née Harrison)[13] is of Ukrainian descent, while his father Barney is an Inuk from Nunavut.[14]

He is the paternal nephew of the former Manitoba Legislative Assembly Speaker George Hickes and cousin to former Nunavut Legislative Assembly Speaker and former Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo.

Although born in Manitoba, Tootoo grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut,[15] where he was taught to skate and play hockey by his father.[16] Growing up in Rankin Inlet also allowed Tootoo to learn the traditional Inuit lifestyle that includes hunting and camping.[2]

As the first Inuk[2] to play in the National Hockey League he has become a role model for youth in Nunavut.[17][18]

On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program to receive treatment for an alcohol problem.[19] Following successful completion of the program, he returned to finish the season and play in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In 2013 Stephen Brunt mentioned on radio that he was working on a book with Tootoo.[20] The book was published on October 21, 2014, entitled All The Way: My Life on Ice.[21]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Canada

Tootoo represented Canada at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he recorded two goals and one assist in six games, and won a silver medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 45 6 10 16 214
2000–01 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 60 20 28 48 172 6 2 4 6 18
2001–02 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 64 32 39 71 272 16 4 3 7 58
2002–03 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 51 35 39 74 216 17 6 3 9 49
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 70 4 4 8 137 5 0 0 0 4
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 59 10 12 22 266 6 0 0 0 41
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 34 4 6 10 55 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 41 13 14 27 133 15 9 2 11 35
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 65 3 6 9 116 4 0 1 1 21
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 63 11 7 18 100 6 2 0 2 4
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 72 4 12 16 124
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 51 6 10 16 40 6 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 54 8 10 18 61 12 1 5 6 28
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 77 6 24 30 92 3 0 0 0 4
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 3 5 8 78 1 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 51 6 12 18 104 4 0 1 1 4
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 0 1 1 5
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 68 10 5 15 72
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 66 4 5 9 102
NHL totals 673 63 95 158 982 40 3 7 10 65

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2 1 3 4
Junior totals 6 2 1 3 4

Awards[edit]

  • Rookie of the Year, Most Popular Player, and Scholastic Player of the Year honours with the OCN Blizzard in 1998–99.
  • Nominated as Manitoba's Sportsman of the Year for 2000.
  • WHL Player of the Month for December, 2001.
  • WHL Player of the Week for the week of December 23–30, 2001.
  • Played in the 2001 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
  • Hardest shot in the 2001 Top Prospects Skills Evaluation (96.1 mph).
  • WHL Player of the Week for the week of November 11–17, 2002.
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Award, now the Indspire Awards, 2002 Youth Award.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government of Nunavut Hansard" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Murphy, Kirsten (June 6, 2003). "Number 22 is number one with Nunavummiut". Nunatsiaq News. 
  3. ^ Allen, Kevin (July 22, 2003). "Skating across cultural gap". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  4. ^ Roose, Bill (July 1, 2012). "Wings add grit with Tootoo deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  5. ^ Roose, Bill (June 18, 2014). "Red Wings place Tootoo on waivers". NHL.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Jordin Tootoo". Chicago Blackhawks. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  7. ^ McKenzie, Bob (October 12, 2007). "Head-hunter pays the price". TSN. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  8. ^ a b "Jordin Tootoo suspended 2 games". ESPN. December 6, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  9. ^ Gretz, Adam (February 22, 2013). "Derek Dorsett wants Jordin Tootoo suspended, calls him irrelevant". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  10. ^ *Terence Tootoo's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  11. ^ D'Souza, Patricia (September 6, 2002). "Rankin Inlet hockey player found dead in Manitoba". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  12. ^ "kalluk". Asuilaak Living Dictionary. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  13. ^ Redekop, Bill (January 31, 2013). "Wild speculation, mounting fear and locked doors follow double homicide In Ethelbert". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  14. ^ Lapointe, Joe (November 15, 2003). "HOCKEY; It's a Long Way Down to Nashville". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  15. ^ a b "Jordin Tootoo, Youth". National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. 2002. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  16. ^ "Tootoo Family Carries on With Jordin's Success". nativehockey.com. 2003. Archived from the original on April 26, 2004. 
  17. ^ "Poster Takes Jordin Tootoo Inspiration Beyond Hockey". Government of Nunavut. October 7, 2003. Archived from the original on October 16, 2003. 
  18. ^ "Profile: Who is Jordin Tootoo?". In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians. CBC News Online. November 17, 2005. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  19. ^ "Now that's a role model". Lethbridge Herald. January 7, 2011. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Why fighting in hockey has to stay". GoBardown. November 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ Tootoo, Jordin (2014-10-21). All the Way: My Life On Ice. Viking. ISBN 9780670067626. 

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