This edition of Fresh Faces will look at Jordin Tootoo (#22), a 29-year-old right winger and Manitoba native. After playing four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), Tootoo was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL draft. He played there for 8 of the last 9 seasons (played for the Preds’ AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals during the 2004-2005 lockout). Jordin won a gold medal as the captain of Canada’s under-18 team at the 2000 Four Nations tournament, and helped Team Canada win silver at the 2003 IIHF World U-20 Hockey Championship. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in an NHL game (Nunatsiaq News).
While only 5’9, Tootoo is best known for his physical play and being more than willing to drop the gloves. He has recorded two Gordie Howe hat tricks during his career—my fav!!! Even though he draws a lot of penalties (725 PIM in 486 regular season NHL games), the Red Wings will greatly benefit from having a guy like him on the roster. Check out some of his fights from last season…but not before you mute the sound. Nice montage, weak song choice.
“His gloves dropped faster than panties on prom night!” –My mom
There is a softer side of Jordin that tends to be overlooked due to his badass persona—he is an active community member and avid philanthropist. He established the Team Tootoo fund, which helps support nonprofit organizations that address suicide awareness and prevention, as well as nonprofits supporting children and teens in need. He established the fund in 2011, after receiving treatment for alcohol addiction through the NHL/NHLPA’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Welcome to Hockeytown, Jordin… we’re very happy to have you. Be prepared for some changes—most Wings fans eat, breathe, bleed Red Wings hockey. And when the crowd at the Joe cheers, we’re actually cheering for YOU, the players…not because they showed Carrie Underwood on the jumbotron.
Make sure to follow Jordin on Twitter: @JTootoo22, @TeamTootooFund
and Instagram: kudluk22
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The Wings clinched a playoff spot last night with a 7-2 blowout against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the next 6 games will be just as important. The Wings will face the Nashville Predators at the Joe on Friday, which may be the determinant of who gets home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Red Wings are just one point ahead of the Predators and are battling for the #4 spot in the Western Conference. Unless the Blues have a major collapse or Chicago really steps their game up, it’s likely that the Preds will be the first round matchup for the Wings. The Red Wings have won 3 of their 5 meetings with the Predators this season, 2 of those at home, 1 in Nashville. Here’s a look at the first 5 games:
11/26 Nashville 1 @ Detroit 4
The Red Wings took down the Preds for the 9th game of the 23 game home win streak. Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist, Danny Cleary scored a goal, Jiri Hudler had two assists, and Todd Bertuzzi, Jakub Kindl and Darren Helm each had one assist. Jimmy Howard had a .947sv% and stopped 18 of the 19 shots on goal.
12/15 Detroit 3 @ Nashville 4
This loss really pissed me off. Shea Weber’s two goals in the last 5 minutes (the GWG with just 1:36 left in the 3rd) gave Nashville the 2 points over Detroit.
12/26 Detroit 4 @ Nashville 1
Valtteri Filppula scored 2 goals, and Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary each scored one to give the Red Wings the win over the Preds in their 3rd meeting of the season. Howard stopped 31 of 32 shots, but his opportunity for a shutout was ruined with just 2:12 remaining in the 3rd.
2/17 Nashville 1 @ Detroit 2
This was one of my favorite wins of the season — the one and only Pavel Datsyuk gave the Red Wings their 22nd consecutive home win with just 5 seconds left in the game. Captain Nick Lidstrom hit Zetterberg with a no look pass off the boards, who sent it up to the magician, who then blew past Ryan Suter…and the rest is history. I can only imagine what Pekka Rinne was thinking. Most likely it was “Oh (insert 4 letter word here).” Datsyuk also had an amazing assist…while he was lying down on the ice.
3/10 Detroit 2 @ Nashville 3
This was the first of the Red Wings 6 game losing streak this month. Although it was a loss, Datsyuk found a way to make Detroit fans proud. After Shea Weber blocked and knocked Datsyuk a few times as he attempted to make his way to the net, Datsyuk got back at him…twice as good. The video makes me giggle every time I watch it.
The next couple weeks are going to be tough, but if anyone can push hard and prove their excellence, it’s the Detroit Red Wings. It’s time to smash Smashville.
(stats from detroitredwings.com)