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Jordin Tootoo | The first Inuk Player in the NHL | Founder of the Team Tootoo Foundation
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The first Inuk player in history to be drafted by the NHL, Jordin Tootoo announced his retirement after 13 years in the league to give back to the communities he knows and loves. Bringing a message of inspired inclusivity, Tootoo speaks to the need for real teamwork—at work and in our social communities. A trailblazer on and off the ice, Tootoo’s talks offer a moving and timely discussion of grit and resilience, goal-setting, overcoming adversity in the pursuit of excellence, and how life can be improved through meaningful stewardship.    

“The most compelling, honest and unputdownable hockey read in years.”

— Maclean’s review of All the Way

Jordin Tootoo played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1999 to 2003 before being chosen by the Nashville Predators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play with the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, banking 161 points, including 65 goals in 723 career games. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, Tootoo is not just the first Inuk player, but also the first one raised in Nunavut to play in the NHL. As an Indigenous athletic leader, Tootoo has long understood his responsibility as a role model, speaking openly about the need for mental health resources, and fighting the taboos around discussing mental illness. He is committed to reaching Canada’s Indigenous communities through his work with the Team Tootoo Foundation, founded in honor of his late brother Terence. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Nunavut promoting healthy living and encouraging conversations about difficult topics like addiction and suicide. 


“It’s part of Canada that a lot of people struggle with mental health and addiction, suicide, these issues are a national epidemic. I feel that, at this point in my life, it’s my calling to give back to a lot of these remote communities,” says Tootoo. Bestselling author of the memoir All The Way: My Life on Ice, Tootoo brings an uplifting message to his audiences, creating a culture of inspired inclusivity with authentic hockey and community stories. 


“The event was great! Everything unfolded wonderfully. The students, teachers, and principals were all very happy with the presentation. Jordin spoke to many of the issues that youth are experiencing in Naujaat, which was very helpful.”

Government of Nunavut. Dept. of Health, Territorial Mental Health and Addictions Program

“Jordin was a pleasure to work with and his story and presentation resonated strongly with the audience. The Q and A time included several students sharing openly that they identified with parts of Jordin’s story, and there were many who lined up for the meet and greet. He was very generous with his time and attention to all those who wanted it.”

Red River College

“Jordin was down to earth and easy to work with from the beginning of our conversations, to the very end of the event. He made time to speak with fans and our Indigenous community members, which meant a lot to them and us. The humble, authentic way he spoke to our audience seemed to really resonate with people and I believe there will be a lasting impact for those who were able to attend Jordin’s talk.”

University of Victoria

“Jordin's presentation was powerful, thought-provoking and raw. His story of perseverance through adversity is a message that resonated with our tourism business community—and although his experience is not in tourism, it is one of leadership, determination, and pride that carried so far. His presentation was emotional and thought-provoking, raising awareness about many of the challenges we face as Indigenous peoples.”

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

“We wanted to send a massive thank you to Jordin for joining us! The event was a huge success and the youth left feeling empowered and excited to continue making change in their communities and around the world. Jordin spoke beautifully and we are so thankful that he joined us to share his story.”

WE Day

“The event was fabulous, and Jordin was an incredible speaker! The whole crowd loved his speech, and his experiences really resonated with our clients who were in attendance. He was incredibly nice, arrived early, and chatted with our guests and clients the entire time. He was truly great.”

The Kettle Society

“His name alone garnered so much attention to our event. His message was very timely and well received in our community. The overall event was a great success: the best yet in its 19 year history. It was very heartfelt, and I was glad I was able to witness the very personable impact he made on our community.”

Siksika Health

“The delegates were beyond appreciative. His message resonated with so many, especially the parents in the audience who had lost a child to suicide and who, thanks to Jordin’s encouragement, found the strength to stand and ask him a question after his presentation. Many tears were shed and many delegates were inspired by Jordin’s own strength, and his message. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word.”

Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show

“Jordin was very well-received, and the attendees that lined up after his presentation for an autograph stretched around the conference room. He signed autographs and had multiple pictures taken of himself with many people. He was very obliging , polite and personable. I knew he would be a hugely popular guest speaker, but to say hugely popular would be an understatement. His presentation was right on the mark and I believe it really hit home with many. It was a pleasure meeting Jordin , his willingness to give back is greatly respected.”

Peter Ballantyne, Cree Nation Health Services

Speech Topics

Social Justice
Inclusivity Matters Giving Back to the Indigenous Community
As an Indigenous trailblazer, Jordin Tootooo understands his responsibility as a role model and has committed his life to reaching Canada’s Indigenous communities through his work with the Team Tootoo Foundation that he founded in honour of his late brother, Terence. Tootoo, who grew up in Nunavut, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle says “it’s part of Canada that a lot of people struggle with mental health, addiction, and suicide. These issues are a national epidemic. I feel that, at this point in my life, it’s my calling to give back to a lot of these remote communities.” A bestselling author and seasoned speaker, Tootoo brings an uplifting message of creating a culture of inclusivity, telling humorous and authentic stories about his ground-breaking work on and off the ice. Your audience will leave uplifted and inspired, with clear takeaways on bringing NHL-level teamwork skills into any community. 
Notes From the Rink Motivation to Stay On-Side
For thirteen years, Jordin Tootoo traveled the world as a professional hockey player, in the NHL and the Olympics, getting insufficient sleep, body-checked, and pushing himself to extremes. Still, he never stopped wanting to extend himself. In this talk, Tootoo explains how you can bring the momentous joy of tearing across the ice to your team, remembering the passion and drive to win when the daily tasks threaten to make you forget the big picture. In an exciting and inspiring talk based on his years on and off the ice, Tootoo shares galvanizing insights on leadership and creating a culture of exceptional teamwork.
Mental Health
Aiming for Wellness Together Mental Health and Resilient Communities
Former pro athlete Jordin Tootoo seems like he has it all—wealth, fame and the spoils of a high-flying career. But on August 28th, 2002, Tootoo’s brother Terence took his own life, and things were never the same. In memory of Terence, Tootoo started the Team Tootoo Fund to raise awareness for suicide prevention and youth at risk, all while dealing with his own addiction to alcohol and a family legacy of mental illness. Growing up in Canada’s north, he witnessed first-hand the devastating impact that mental health and addiction issues can have on families and communities. In this moving and eye-opening talk, Tootoo discusses his own personal experiences, destigmatizing the important conversation around addiction recovery, mental health, and suicide prevention, all while sharing a hopeful message of resilience and understanding.