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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
It is a long way from Nunavut to Newark.
For Jordin Tootoo, that unusual journey took him from the tundra through junior hockey stardom, a brother’s suicide, struggles with alcoholism and eight seasons as a fast-living fan favorite with the Nashville Predators.
Now Tootoo, the only Inuk to play in the N.H.L., is a little-used 5-foot-9 forward trying to extend his career with the Devils.
He tells the story of that journey in “All the Way: My Life on Ice,” an autobiography written with the prominent Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt that was published this week.
“I am very honored to be a role model for the North and for the aboriginal community,” Tootoo, 31, said during an interview after a Devils practice last week. “And for me to open up and tell my story may inspire others from small towns or in the North who face some of the same problems I’ve had.”
Paberback edition available at Amazon (KK affiliate link)
Jordin Tootoo tees off and is a tee.
The fun starts around the 1:15 mark.
Jordan Tootoo? How does he fit in? When did that team decide they wanted that kind of a player. Who is going to do the fighting when this guy runs around and creates all the havoc? Did Ken Holland momentarily take leave of his senses or is this some sort of change of direction and submission to the new NHL where guys who run around making questionable hits are rewarded?
-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on yesterday’s signings.
On the first day of free agency, it was left to the low and middle-range free agents to snap up the dollars being tossed around. Mid day, on Twitter in Canada, five NHL players were trending: Brad Boyes, Adam Burish, Matt Carkner, Tanner Glass and Colby Armstrong. Tells you all you need to know about how the day unfolded.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where again, you can read more regarding the first day free agent signings…
I take a little break, did some shopping and come back to more signings.
Funny, see what I bought below…
“It’s like a stab right in your heart, it’s tough to take… it pisses me off. But I can’t let that get to my head. You’ve got to just move on.”
-Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators on being a healthy scratch last night. More from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
To Jordin Tootoo, there have been several days of importance and meaning.
His 28 birthdays. The day of his first NHL game. The day of his first NHL goal. The day his brother Terence committed suicide. All affected Tootoo, the NHL’s first Inuit player, in different ways.
All those moments came before Tootoo adopted the motto, “one day at a time.” Those moments mark the man that he was before the two most significant days in his new life, Dec. 18-19, 2010.
“The last time I drank was the 18th,” he said.
Almost one year ago today, Tootoo was in a different spot. He had a problem. He knew it. The Predators knew it. Those who cared for him knew it.
Brendan Shanahan explains the two game suspension.
15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 5 minutes, charging
15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 10 minutes, misconduct
added 11:45pm, Longer version from Buffalo broadcast team can be watched below…
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Ducks versus Predators will be the main event Wednesday at Honda Center, but Ryan Getzlaf versus Jordin Tootoo will highlight the undercard….
“The thing with Tootoo is he’s an aggressive player,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. “He’s going to go out on the ice and hit. You have to know where he’s at. But you don’t get into retaliation. He’s doing his job when he does that, when he draws you into those confrontations.”
When these teams met last month in Nashville, the Predators beat the Ducks, 3-0, and Tootoo thoroughly ticked off Getzlaf, who afterward said he was “sick” of Tootoo’s “embarrassing” habit of embellishing hits. Getzlaf said the NHL needs to “get guys like that off the ice.”
“I feel so strongly about it because I don’t do it,” Getzlaf said Tuesday. “I never have. You (could) never show me a tape of me diving anywhere, so that’s something I 100 percent can back up.”
“We keep talking about all this stuff and changing rules and head shots and all that kind of stuff. That’s not the stuff that’s hurting our game. It’s the lack of respect on the ice. I’m tired of watching Jordin Tootoo out there, a guy who runs around and hits and does everything else but the first little slash, he’s laying on the ice and he’s out the next shift.
“It’s embarrasssing and I’m sick of it. If they want to change the game and they want things to be better and they want more respect on the ice, get guys like that off the ice then. I’m sick of it.”
-Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks. More from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog at the OC Register.
From Ken Wiebe via Slam Sports:
The end result saw Tootoo enter the NHL’s substance abuse program last December and emerge with a clearer mind and an improved game.
“He’s got his life in order,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “He’s had a lot of demons and a lot of things that get in the way. If you’re your life and your head is not clear, then it’s just full of clutter. You don’t have the motivation, you don’t have the instinct, all of those things. He couldn’t grow as a hockey player anymore.
“When he came back, I thought he had the best stretch of his career. Not only is he still a force with the physical contact and as a tough, game-changing type of guy. But those skills that we knew he always had, are starting to come to the forefront. He’s capable of producing a lot, he’s capable of being a higher contributing guy in our lineup and he wants to do that. He’s very proud of the fact he had to change his life and it’s not really easy.”
So what was it that led the 28-year-old Tootoo to realize that he needed to get help?
“There comes a point in life where you have to take a few steps back and reevaluate your whole situation,” said Tootoo, whose older brother Terrence committed suicide in August of 2002.
Keith Ballard, although he was sent off the ice with two minutes for clipping, puts a classic hip check on Jordin Tootoo.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 19, 2011)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has been cleared to play in NHL games while he continues to participate in the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL.
Tootoo’s care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Brian Shaw (NHLPA) and Dave Lewis (NHL).
There will be no further comment at this time.
TORONTO/NEW YORK/ (January 31, 2011)—The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL. Tootoo is cleared to return to practice with the Predators while he continues his outpatient care. Tootoo is not cleared to play in NHL games or to travel with the Nashville Predators on their road trips.
On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered an in-patient care program. Tootoo’s care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA).
There will be no further comment at this time.
The term “role model” has become a cliché in sports. But in his case, it fits. Young people in Nunavut really do view Jordin Tootoo as pushing back the boundaries of what they might achieve. He has always taken seen himself in this light. “It’s something I take pride in. Hopefully, more kids can look up to me and say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’” A very human role model, Mr. Tootoo is playing in a game more important than hockey, and if he can succeed, others can, too.
-Globe and Mail Editorial where you can read more.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 27, 2010)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH).
Tootoo’s care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Tootoo will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed, provided he complies with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.
There will be no further comment.
Jordin Tootoo with a big-time hit on Michael Frolik tonight. No penalty for the hit.
Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo went at it tonight in Nashville.
via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
With his arms folded in the Nashville locker room, Jordin Tootoo wore a look of confusion after Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
With 6:49 remaining in the third period, Tootoo was given a five-minute game misconduct major for charging at defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Tootoo lowered his shoulder and exploded into Colaiacovo behind the net. The Blues player fell to the ice, giving St. Louis a power play that it converted into its final goal.
Colaiacovo did not return. Tootoo defended the hit.
“Obviously, my understanding is it was a blow to the head,” Tootoo said. “You look at the replay, shoulder-on-shoulder, it’s a tough league to play in — keep your head up out there. I think the bottom line, when you hit someone hard, the refs are going to take a second look at it. I’m speechless.”...
“I saw a shoulder-to-shoulder check, and he didn’t leave his feet, so I’m a little bit confused on that,” Trotz said.
Watch the hit below…
Nashville, Tenn. (February 5, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal will pay him $1.15 million in 2010-11 and $1.35 million in 2011-12.
“We look forward to watching Jordin’s continued development over the next two seasons,” Poile said. “Since we drafted Jordin in 2001, we have not only seen him develop into a more complete player on the ice, but also an impactful member of the community on a year-round basis.”
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,
Jordin Tootoo has been a fan favorite since he made his debut with the Predators during the 2003-04 season.
But if he is to remain with Nashville, he will need to seriously step up his game, the team’s decision-makers said….
“I just want to see some improvement,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “He took a step back last year in terms of his overall play. I know he can step forward again. I was hoping last year he would take another step forward because the year before he took a step forward.”
Tootoo poses an interesting challenge for Trotz and General Manager David Poile. This is a contract year for Tootoo, who is scheduled to make $975,000 this season. It is a steep price for someone who plays on the third or fourth lines and doesn’t produce many points
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
Ever been in a situation where what you’ve believed for so long is suddenly compromised? Well, that’s the experience I had this weekend.
Saturday night, I chaperoned a team of 11-year olds in Nashville as the Predators took on the Columbus Blue Jackets….
Sistito challenged a proven pugilist in Tootoo, which is a very common occurrence in preseason games as it is a way for a young player to show his coach that he’s ready to fulfill a role on the team. Tootoo obliged, which is also common practice for players of his ilk. It’s an unspoken bond of mutual respect. How else is a kid gong to show his mettle if vets decline the willing challenge?
Not surprisingly, the fans rose and cheered as the two exchanged punches. Sistito had an early advantage, raining blows on the smaller Tootoo. But, as so often happens, the veteran weathered the onslaught and started to pummel the wearied youngster, whose helmet came off.
Then it happened.
read on including video of the fight which I also embedded below…
Tootoo with a shoulder to the head of Fritsche, who did have his head down. No penalty on the play.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The fight began with Staubitz pursuing the Predator (Tootoo) pest across the ice. When they finally went at it, you could almost feel the punches up in the rafters as Staubitz connected with punch after punch, forearm after forearm. Tootoo got an excused absence from the penalty box as he headed to the dressing room for stitches and who knows what other treatments. He didn’t return until the third period, and even then saw limited action.
So was it triggered by anything specific?
fromn John Glennon of the Tennessean,
There were a couple of hard-hitting bouts in the opening period, with the Predators coming out on top in both. Wade Belak buckled Donald Brashear with a straight left and dropped him to the ice, while Jordin Tootoo turned Matt Bradley’s face into a bloody mess — cutting Bradley’s nose badly and giving him a black eye to boot.
“We have guys that can battle each and every night and that’s part of our team,’’ Tootoo said. “We play physical and bring it all.’‘
Brashear didn’t return after the fight and might have sprained a knee when he fell to the ice.
more on the Preds including some Radulov talk…
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Just 22 seconds into Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver, Tootoo dropped the gloves with Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, who’d infuriated the Predators last month by leveling Nashville’s J.P. Dumont with a flying check.
“I was just sticking up for my teammates,’’ said Tootoo, who missed the previous Vancouver game. “The last game we didn’t have that physical play there. We wanted to set the tone and we did that.’‘
Tootoo had to do some talking to Burrows before the Canucks forward was willing to fight, but Tootoo made short work of him.
“Obviously he knows what kind of fighter I am and he was a little intimidated,’’ Tootoo said. “But if you’re going to be able to dish it out, you’re going to have to be able to handle it. He knew it was coming.’‘
more on the Predators and watch the fight below…
From Mark McGee at the Nashville Daily News:
Predators coach Barry Trotz is giving [Jordin] Tootoo the chance to work on two of the top lines in training camp. He has been teamed with Jason Arnott and J.P Dumont and with David Legwand and Martin Erat.
“If you are going to be a top-six forward then you have to play with top players,” Trotz said. “I want to give him more time with the higher end offensive players and with the hard-working two way players like Scott Nichol and Vern Fiddler.
“He’s getting there. We know he can shoot. And he gets on the fore check hard. But he is a lot more poised with the puck. He has a lot of ability. We are just trying to reinforce that with him.”
The Blue Jackets had lots to say about Nashville winger Jordin Tootoo, who took a run at defenseman Rostislav Klesla and had two fights in the third period, one with Jan Hejda and another with Jason Chimera….
Hitchcock had lots to say about Tootoo after the game. He even took a swipe at his good friend Barry Trotz, coach of the Predators. Here’s what he said: “That’s embarrassing. (Tootoo) is too good a player to do that stuff. I find it really embarrassing, but the (Predators) must allow it, so what the heck. I just don’t like the clown shows.”
Trotz, when asked about Tootoo taking a shift with 45 seconds left, said: “It wasn’t to send a message or anything. It was just to get him some ice time.” Apparently, this was delivered with a straight face.
Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
video added at 1:15pm...
from the Edmonton Sun,
This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.
“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.
“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”
The Nashville Predators and winger Jordin Tootoo have agreed on a contract extension.
Sources tell TSN it’s a two-year deal worth just under $1 million a season.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“The Curse of the Defencemen,” said GM Kevin Lowe.
It was only two minutes and 56 seconds into the game last night when Jordin Tootoo pasted Mathieu Roy into the boards.
Twenty-five seconds of ice time and Roy, who was out with a concussion at the end of last year and with another one at the start of this season, was out with what coach Craig MacTavish said was another possible concussion and for sure a separated left shoulder.
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Jordin Tootoo of the Nasvhille Predators takes a run at Phoenix rookie Daniel Winnik – and it says here Tootoo was targeting Winnik’s head – and it’s Coyote rookie Craig Weller who gets the match penalty for intent to injure on the play, because Weller clotheslined Tootoo after the hit….
But it’s the Tootoo hit that should be the real concern.
If ever there were a hit where it looked like a player was intentionally trying to hit someone in the head, this was it.
more... I haven’t seen the video of the play from last night, if anyone has a link, feel free to post it.
update 12:14pm, Thanks to KK member bcrt2000, we have a link…
from the Tennessean,
“With the guys that have gone, it’s a great opportunity for me to step up my game,’’ Tootoo said. “I know I can score in this league. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity.’‘
Tootoo twice averaged more than a point per game while he was in juniors, and during the 2005-06 season he notched 27 points in 41 games at Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
“As the years go on, you mature as a player and get more comfortable,’’ Tootoo said. “That’s what’s happening with me. You develop more confidence as you go, and I think this year is going to be my break-out year.’‘
more on the Preds…