Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Olli Jokinen
Born in Kuopio, Finland, Jokinen was dynamic scorer on the Finnish teams KalPa and HFK Helsinki. He also represented Finland at both the 1997 World Junior and World Championships. Jokinen was named the Finnish Rookie-of-the-Year in 1997 then was chosen third overall by the Los Angeles Kings at the NHL Entry Draft.

In 1997-98, he scored 39 points in 30 games for HIFK Helsinki. Jokinen also scored 10 points in seven games when he helped Finland win gold at the 1998 World Junior Championships and was named the best forward at the tournament. He also earned a place on the tourney's All-Star Team. The talented youngster played eight games with the Kings then joined Finland at the World Championships where he won a silver medal.

During his first full NHL season in 1998-99, Jokinen was very impressive at times for the Kings. After starting the season with the Kings AHL affiliate in Springfield, Jokinen was called up early in the season. His impact was immediate and he was named NHL Rookie-of-the month for November after scoring eight points in 11 games. Jokinen was often teamed with experienced snipers Luc Robitaille and Glen Murray to help settle him down. He finished with 21 points in 66 games but was then included in the off-season package sent to the New York Islanders to acquire Zigmund Palffy and Brian Smolinski.

Jokinen responded with eleven goals and 21 points in 1999-00. One of the highlights of his season came on March 4, 2000 when he beat Dominik Hasek on his first career penalty shot to ignite a 4-2 Islanders' win. Following the season Jokinen was involved when the Islanders and Florida Panthers swapped four of their most promising youngsters. Jokinen and goaltending phenom Roberto Luongo were sent to Miami in return for Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish. Jokinen scored 16 points in 78 games and began to refine the defensive side of his game on the rebuilding Panthers.

Following a career high 29 points in 2001-02, and between representing his native Finland at 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2002 World Championships, Jokinen broke out offensively in 2002-03 establishing career highs in goals (36), assists (29) and points (65) while making his All-Star debut in front of his home fans. Coming off a breakthrough year in 2002-03, Jokinen responded with a 58 point season in 2003-04, yet the Panthers failed to qualify for the post season. Upon the conclusion of the Panthers regular season the talented Finn suited for his homeland at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

After being named captain in 2003-04, Jokinen became the team's leader and top point producer over the next three seasons with the Panthers. Over those three years, Jokinen tallied 233 points and appeared in every game with the struggling Florida Panthers. His six-year stint in Florida came to an end after the 2007-08 season however, Jokinen was dealt from the Panthers to the Phoenix Coyotes for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and a 2nd round choice in the 2008 Entry Draft. Jokinen left the Panthers as the club's all-time leading scorer in history.

Jokinen's stint in the desert would be short lived however, he would appear in only 57 games for the Coyotes, scoring 21 goals and adding 21 assists before being traded to the Calgary Flames at the NHL trade deadline.

On February 1, 2010, Jokinen found himself on the move again. This time Jokinen and Brandon Prust were shipped to the New York Rangers in exchange for Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalík.

On July 1, 2010, Jokinen surprised the hockey world when as an unrestricted free agent he signed a 2-year contract with the Calgary Flames, the club that had traded him less than a year prior.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 KalPa Kuopio U18 Fin-U18 30 22 28 50 92
1994-95 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 0 1 1 6
1995-96 KalPa Kuopio U18 Fin-U18 9 9 13 22 4
1995-96 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 25 20 14 34 47 7 4 4 8 20
1995-96 KalPa Kuopio Finland 15 1 1 2 2
1995-96 Finland EJC-A 5 5 2 7 2
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 1 0 1 6
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Finland 50 14 27 41 88
1996-97 Finland WJC-A 6 5 0 5 12
1996-97 Finland Nat-Tm 12 4 3 7 4
1996-97 Finland WC-A 8 4 2 6 6
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 0 0 6 -5
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 30 11 28 39 32 9 7 2 9 2
1997-98 Finland WJC-A 7 4 6 10 6
1997-98 Finland Nat-Tm 5 1 1 2 33
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 0 1 1 6
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 66 9 12 21 44 -10
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 9 3 6 9 6 -1
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 3 1 4 14
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 82 11 10 21 80 0
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 1 3 4 6 0
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 78 6 10 16 106 -22
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 80 9 20 29 98 -16
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 2 1 3 0 +4
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 1 1 2 4 +1
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 81 36 29 65 79 -17
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 1 2 3 8 +5
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 82 26 32 58 81 -16
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 5 3 8 6 +6
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 2 1 3 6
2004-05 Kloten Flyers Swiss 8 6 1 7 14
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Sweden 23 13 9 22 52
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 14 9 8 17 10 5 2 0 2 24
2004-05 Finland WC-A 7 1 4 5 2 -2
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 82 38 51 89 88 +14
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 6 2 8 2 +5
2005-06 Finland WC-A 5 2 1 3 27 -1
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 82 39 52 91 78 +18
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 82 34 37 71 67 -19
2007-08 Finland WC-A 8 1 4 5 29 +2
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 57 21 21 42 49 -5
2008-09 Calgary Flames NHL 19 8 7 15 18 -7 6 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 56 11 24 35 53 +2
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 26 4 11 15 22 +1
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 3 1 4 2 +1
2010-11 Calgary Flames NHL 79 17 37 54 44 -17
2011-12 Calgary Flames NHL 82 23 38 61 54 -12
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 7 7 14 14 -19
NHL Totals 1087 299 398 697 981 6 2 3 5 4


Finnish Rookie of the Year Award (1997)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1998)
Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003)
Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles with Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (Taylor Pyatt) in 1999 Entry Draft for Ziggy Palffy, Bryan Smolinski, Marcel Cousineau and New Jersey's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 20, 1999. Traded to Florida by NY Islanders with Roberto Luongo for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, June 24, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Kloten (Swiss), September 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), November, 2004. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), January 30, 2005.Traded to Phoenix by Florida for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Jared Staal) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 20, 2008. Traded to Calgary by Phoenix with Phoenix's 3rd round choice (later traded to Florida - Florida selected Josh Birkholz) in 2009 Entry Draft for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and Calgary's 1st round choice (Brandon Gormley) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 4, 2009. Traded to NY Rangers by Calgary with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik, February 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 2, 2012.