After an astonishing 18 seasons and 1,231 games played in the NHL, Olli Jokinen has announced his retirement from the sport. The former Florida Panthers captain has signed a honorary contract with the club so he can retire with the team he spent seven seasons with.
Jokinen served as captain of the Panthers for four seasons in the mid-2000s. Over his NHL career, Jokinen tallied 750 points. In a Panthers uniform, he holds a franchise record of 419 points and also holds the records for goals, game-winning goals (36), overtime goals (10), power play points (153), and shots (1,837).
The 38-year-old forward also played for nine other teams throughout his NHL career, and finished playing with the St. Louis Blues in the 2014-15 season.
Jokinen had this to say about the honorary contract and his career as a Panther on Florida’s official website:
"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."
Florida will honor Jokinen during their game on Tuesday against the New York Rangers.
After a long career, Jokinen finishes third all-time in goals, fourth all-time in points, and sixth all-time in assists among Finnish NHL players.