Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NHL news: Olli Jokinen retires, sign one day deal with Cats

  Forward Olli Jokinen has announced his retirement from the NHL after 22 seasons. He also signed an honorary contract (a one day deal) with the Florida Panthers, a team he once captained.
     "Olli is an important player in the history of the Panthers franchise and he remains a fan favorite," President of hockey operations Dale Tallon said. "We are proud to give Olli the opportunity to retire as a Panther and we congratulate on a long, successful and productive National Hockey League career.
      "My heart has always been with the Panthers organization and now I feel like my career has come to a full circle," Jokinen said. "I am extremely thankful that I had the chance to play hockey in South Florida and help the sport grow."
        Jokinen, 38, was drafted 3rd overall in the 1997 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He had 750 points (321 goals and 429 assists) in 1231 career NHL games with the Kings, the New York Islanders, the Panthers, the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes), the Calgary Flames, the New York Rangers, the Winnipeg Jets, the Nashville Predators, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues (a total of 10 teams!).
        His best season was 2006-07, when he the second player in Panthers history to record 90 points, when he put up 91 (39 goals and 52 assists).
        Born on December 5, 1978, in Kuopio, Finland, Jokinen ranks third all time in goals, 4th in points and 6th in assists, all among Finnish players (from FOX sports).

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