Former Panthers team captain and overall leader in points, Olli Jokinen, has decided to finish off his NHL career with the Panthers.
Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced the news Tuesday saying Olli will retire as an honorary Panther.
“Olli is an important player in the history of the Panthers franchise and he remains a fan favorite,” said Tallon. “We are proud to give Olli the opportunity to retire as a Panther and we congratulate him on a long, successful and productive National Hockey League career.”
Tallon released is own statement saying:
“My heart has always been with the Panthers organization and now I feel like my career has come full circle,” said Jokinen. “I am extremely grateful that I had the chance to play hockey in South Florida and help the sport grow. I want to thank my family – my wife Katerina and my daughters Alexandra, Emma and Keira – and all of the fans, teammates, coaches and staff who have supported me throughout my career.”
Jokinen is scheduled to meet with Tallon Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla., to sign the honorary contract at 1PM (ET). Then the Panthers will honor Jokinen’s legacy and accomplishments during the second period of tonight’s game against the New York Rangers.
The 39-year- old was drafted 3rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1997, before going to New York and being traded to Florida at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft along with former and current Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo. Tallon stayed with the Panthers for seven seasons, where he became the franchises all time leader in points, and served as team captain for four seasons. Tallon then bounced around from several teams including St. Louis Blues (2015), Toronto Maple Leafs (2015), Nashville Predators (2014-15), Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames (2010-12 & 2009-10). Over his career, Tallon has played 1,231 games in the NHL, and registered 750 points.