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Henri Jokiharju
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Born 22 April 1999 (1999-04-22) (age 20)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Chicago Blackhawks
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2018–present

Henri Jokiharju (born June 17, 1999) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Jokiharju was selected 29th overall by the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Henri was brought up first in the Jokerit youth program, playing for their under-16 and under-18 teams in 2013-14 and 2014–15, respectively before joining the under-18 and under-20 teams of Tappara in 2015–16.

In his draft eligible year (2016–17) Henri went to play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He posted nine goals and 39 assists in 71 games for a total of 48 points.

In the playoffs, the Winterhawks defeated the Prince George Cougars in six games before dropping out in five to the Kelowna Rockets, with Henri adding three assists in 11 games during the playoff run. He was named to the Western Conference Second-Team All-Star during the 2017–18 season.

On June 12, 2018, Henri signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

After participating at the Blackhawks training camp, he made his NHL debut on October 4, in the Blackhawks' season opener against the Ottawa Senators.

In his second game, Henri recorded his first NHL point with an assist on captain Jonathan Toews' goal in a 5–4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015–16 Tappara Jr. A 47 9 20 29 20 3 1 2 3 4
2016–17 Portland Winterhawks WHL 71 9 39 48 38 11 0 3 3 4
2017–18 Portland Winterhawks WHL 63 12 59 71 14 12 3 5 8 2
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 38 0 12 12 16
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 30 2 15 17 14
NHL totals 38 0 12 12 16

International Edit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Finland IH18 4th 5 0 2 2 0
2015 Finland U17 5th 5 1 0 1 2
2016 Finland WJC18 Template:Goca 7 0 3 3 10
2018 Finland WJC 6th 5 2 2 4 2
2019 Finland WJC Template:Goca 7 2 3 5 2
2019 Finland WC Template:Goca 10 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 29 5 10 15 16
Senior totals 10 0 3 3 2

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Template:FIN
World Championships
Gold 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2019 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold 2016 United States

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 2018

Personal LifeEdit

Henri's father Juha played professional hockey with Jokerit in the SM-liiga and Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League. His older brother Juho plays NCAA hockey at Clarkson University.

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