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Jussi Jokinen
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Born April 1, 1983 (1983-04-01) (age 36)
Kalajoki, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Template:Country data FIN
NHL Draft 192nd overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2001–present

Jussi Jokinen (born Jussi Petteri Jokinen on April 1, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward and an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the NHL.

Drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2001 in the sixth round (192nd overall) with which he spent his first three NHL seasons with, Jussi has also played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing CareerEdit

Jussi was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round (192nd overall) at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his four seasons before his NHL debut playing for Kärpät of the SM-liiga, the top Finnish league.

In his rookie year in 2005–06, Jussi gained a great reputation in the NHL as one of the top shootout specialists in the NHL.

Until being stopped by Vesa Toskala, he was a remarkable nine-for-nine in shootouts before his first unsuccessful attempt

Jussi can be seen pulling some unique dekes, such as the one-handed, slide-in goal (as made famous by Peter Forsberg called "The Paralyzer") in shootouts. On November 16, 2007, he scored four goals against the Colorado Avalanche in a 6–1 win.

At the NHL trade deadline, on February 26, 2008, Jussi was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist.

On February 4, 2009, Jussi was placed on waivers by the Lightning. On February 7, 2009, he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick.

During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, on April 21, 2009, he scored the latest regulation game-winning goal in NHL playoff history, with 0.2 seconds remaining in the third period, as the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.

On June 29, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Jussi to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million ($1.5 million in 2009–10 and $1.9 million in 2010–11).

As of November 19, 2009, Jussi has scored a total of 25 goals in 46 shootout attempts, with an impressive 54.3% success rate; eight of those shootout goals were game-winners.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he re-signed with former Finnish club Kärpät, committing himself there until the resumption of the NHL season in January of 2013.

On March 26, 2013, Jussi was placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. On April 3, 2013, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2013.

In his first game with the Penguins, Jussi scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in regulation and tallied the only shootout goal for the team's 2–1 victory over the New York Rangers.

In the 2013–14 season, on October 8, 2013, Jussi scored his first hat-trick with the Penguins in a 5–2 win over his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. He enjoyed his most productive season since 2010, totalling 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games with the Penguins.

On July 1, 2014, as an unrestricted free agent, Jussi signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Florida Panthers.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 54 10 6 16 38 4 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 51 14 23 37 10 15 2 1 3 33
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 55 15 23 38 20 15 3 4 7 6
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 56 23 24 47 24 12 3 4 7 2
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 17 38 55 30 5 2 1 3 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 82 14 34 48 18 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 52 14 14 28 14
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 2 12 14 4
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 6 10 16 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 25 1 10 11 12 18 7 4 11 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 30 35 65 36
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 70 19 33 52 24
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 12 34 46 54
2012–13 Kärpät SM-l 21 7 14 21 10
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 6 5 11 18
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 7 4 11 6 8 0 3 3 4
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 21 36 57 18 13 7 3 10 10
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 81 8 36 44 34
NHL totals 741 157 301 458 284 48 16 12 28 16
Liiga totals 237 69 90 159 102 46 9 9 18 41

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WHC17 9th 3 1 3 4 4
2001 Finland WJC18 Template:Brca 6 2 0 2 2
2002 Finland WJC Template:Brca 7 2 6 8 2
2003 Finland WJC Template:Brca 7 6 2 8 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 7 0 1 1 2
2006 Finland OG Template:Sica 8 1 3 4 2
2006 Finland WC Template:Brca 9 2 6 8 2
2008 Finland WC Template:Brca 9 1 3 4 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 2 1 3 20
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 5 4 9 8
2014 Finland OG Template:Brca 6 2 3 5 0
Junior totals 23 11 11 22 10
Senior totals 51 11 20 31 32

Playing StyleEdit

Jussi is widely considered a shootout and faceoff specialist in the NHL.

Personal LifeEdit

Jussi is of no relation to current NHL free agent Olli Jokinen, but he has a younger brother, Juho Jokinen, who also plays ice hockey.

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