Fans of hockey history took pride in Jordin Tootoo's return to the Nashville Predators. The first Inuit ever to play in the NHL, Jordin Tootoo, returned to Nashville Predators, scoring his first point since he returned to the lineup Feb. 19, after missing 23 games while in the NHL's substance abuse program.
It came on March 3, 2011in a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Jordin takes inspiration from his late brother Terrence Tootoo, also a hockey player, who died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Jordin has been widely praised for how he has handled his substance abuse problems the "right way" by teammates and team management.
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At one time or another most First Nations and many Métis hockey players are nicknamed “Chief”. As Don Marks writes in his book, They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice, it may be considered racist to call every First Nation hockey player “Chief” or it may be a case of ignorance. In either case it is a stereotype that is inappropriate and may be considered rude, racist, and offensive. Hockeyhistory.org's series of posts celebrates FNMI professional hockey players.