Finnish sniper Olli Jokinen, an NHL mainstay since being drafted third overall in 1997, formally retired as a member of his longest-tenured team, the Florida Panthers, after an illustrious 17-year professional career.
A highly touted prospect, Jokinen spent parts of two seasons in L.A. before being traded to the New York Islanders, before joining Florida in 2000. It was with the Panthers where Jokinen flourished, spending seven seasons with five 25+ goal seasons, becoming captain in 2004. After being traded to Phoenix in 2008, Jokinen’s career was played out of a proverbial suitcase, spending the next seven seasons with seven different teams (Phoenix, Calgary, New York Rangers, Winnipeg, Nashville, Toronto and St. Louis), never quite reaching the same prowess he had with Florida. Jokinen only made the postseason once (thus accounting for all his World Championship games), playing just six games with the Flames in 2009.
With the Leijonat, Jokinen joined the senior national team while doubling duty with the World Junior team in 1997, playing at eleven World Championships, four Olympics and the 2004 World Cup over the course of his career, captaining the team at his final Worlds in 2014. Jokinen took home a fair bit of hardware in his career, capturing three Worlds Silver medals (1998, 1999, 2014) and Silver from the 2006 Olympics and 2004 World Cup, along with three Worlds Bronzes (2000, 2006, 2008) as well as the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, finishing his career with 46 goals in 159 caps for the Finns.
Regarding the IHLC, Jokinen won his first title at the 1999 World Championships, winning the title another four times, twice at the Worlds in 2003 and 2006, and twice at the Olympics in 2010 and 2014. We wish Olli and her family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!