The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuit player in the NHL
by Melanie Florence
This is the story of Jordin Tootoo, who triumphed over discrimination, racism, and grief after the suicide of his NHL-bound brother, and went on to become the first Inuk to play in the NHL.
Hockey is a relatively new sport in Canada's North. It wasn't until 2003 that Jordin Kudluk "Thunder" Tootoo became the first Inuk to play in an NHL game. Although hockey is a rough sport to begin with, Jordin Tootoo is known for having to "fight his way through." Jordin has had more than his fair share of fights both on and off the ice. He's had to overcome the social problems that are associated with the North, fight his way through the discrimination and culture shock he encountered after leaving Rankin Inlet and moving to Alberta to play in the Juniors, and see his way through the grief of losing his NHL bound older brother and hero, Terence Tootoo, to suicide in 2002.
This new, updated biography explores the struggles and accomplishments of the most recognized role model for young Aboriginal and Inuit people today.
About the Author
MELANIE FLORENCE is a proud Cree and a full-time journalist and award-winning children's writer. She is the author of the teen novels The Missing, Rez Rebel, One Night and Rez Runaway. She lives in Toronto.
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