Olli Jokinen Named NHLPA Player of the Week

NHLPAContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Olli Jokinen #13 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Colorado Avalanche on October 26, 2011 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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Hockey players are a highly conditioned group of athletes. One thing they learn to do at a very young age is to take their careers “one game at a time." This is something that helps them stay focused and grounded after wins and losses, as well as keeps their routine of preparation as consistent as possible.

For Olli Jokinen, this “one game at a time” routine recently took him over the threshold of an impressive milestone: the 1,000-games-played plateau. This is a major milestone for the dynamic Finnish-born player, something he will undoubtedly look back on with pride once he completes his career.

The NHL is the best hockey league in the world, and there are hundreds of players who suit up but never have the chance to reach a milestone such as the one Jokinen just achieved. This adds to an already-impressive career accomplishment list that includes success both in the NHL and on the international stage.

Jokinen has been key in helping the Calgary Flames right the ship after a slow start in 2011-12. His chemistry with Jarome Iginla has been quite evident, especially recently, as the Flames have positioned themselves for a push in the second half of the season in the tough Western Conference. With Jokinen returning to form, notching timely points and continuing to take it “one game at a time,” the Flames are definitely a team to watch in the 2012.

• Jokinen became the 268th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-games-played milestone.

• Jokinen has returned to the offensive production he is known for, leading the Flames in scoring to date with 32 points.

• Jokinen is a decorated and veteran member of the Finnish international team, capturing medals at the junior and men’s levels.


• Born in Kuopio, Finland on Dec. 5, 1978
• Drafted in the first round, third overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings
• Has represented Finland on numerous occasions on the international stage, including the 2006 and 2010 Olympics where he took home a silver and bronze medal, respectively.


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