NHL’s First Inuk Player, Author of All the Way
Jordin Tootoo played for the Brandon Wheat Kings before being chosen by the Nashville Predators to become the first Inuk NHL player, and the first raised in Nunavut. He went on to play with Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, banking 161 points in 723 games. An Indigenous athletic trailblazer and leader, Jordin has long understood his responsibility as a role model. His memoir All the Way: My Life on Ice brings an uplifting message, and he is committed to his work through Team Tootoo Foundation, founded in honour of his late brother Terence. Jordin was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for promoting healthy living in Nunavut, and for encouraging conversations about difficult topics like addiction and suicide.