Tonight Jordin Tootoo flew into town. Jordin currently plays for the Nashville Predators. However, as of July 1st he becomes a “free-agent” so potentially a trade could happen…
Jordin was the first Inuk player to play in a regular season game in the NHL. He grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. He is a spokesperson for Canadian North, this week he was on a tour of some of the communities in the high arctic and southern Baffin Island.
It was so exciting to see all the young hockey players… in the jersey’s listening to Jordin’s community presentation. He spoke about his own experiences with tough issues in life. Talking openly about suicide (his older brother committed suicide) and his own addiction problems… The message I took away from it was for anyone feeling those types of feelings (suicidal) to make sure they TALK to someone because it will help! Don’t be afriad in getting professional help…if you need it to help with your addictions.
Jordin also presented each graduate with a jacket. He spoke of staying in school…doing homework before hockey. It was a rule for him growing up…and he’s glad he finished high school.