|DRAFTED:||DAL: 2001-192 overall|
Jussi and his wife, Salla, welcomed a daughter on 11/30/11… They spend their summers in Oulu, Finland… Jussi’s brother, Juho, played defense for Karpat in the Finnish Elite League… Jussi contributes to JHT Juniors in Kalajoki, and also provides assistance to allow kids at the hospital in Oulu to enjoy time away from their hospital rooms… He also donated $150 for every assist and $300 for every goal to the Kids ’N Community Foundation last season… Jussi’s first hockey memory is scoring the game-winning goal in a shootout in the final game of a tournament when he was 8 years old, and he was childhood friends with Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen… His parents were the biggest influence on his career, and his favorite player growing up was Jaromir Jagr… His first job was working on his father’s potato farm… His favorite movie is Wedding Crashers and his favorite TV show is Entourage… He lists golf and tennis as his favorite activities outside of hockey… The most-played song on his iPod is “Ei” by Maija Vilkkumaa… He enjoys watching American football and the person he would most like to meet is Barack Obama… His favorite food is sushi and his favorite vacation spot is the Caribbean… The place he spends the most time in the Triangle is North Hills… His favorite former teammates are Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen, his linemates in Dallas… His favorite road arena is Bell Centre.
Completed his seventh NHL season and fourth with the Hurricanes, totaling 46 points (12g, 34a) in 79 games… Ranked second on the team in assists (34), points (46), power-play assists (15) and power-play points (18)… Was tied for third among Hurricanes in game-winning goals (3)… Registered 30-or-more assists for the third consecutive season… Was first on the team and 17th in the NHL in face-off percentage (55.1%)… Was two-for-six in the shootout (33%) and ranks second in NHL history in career shootout goals with 30 (Pavel Datsyuk, 31)… Scored game-tying goal and earned an assist at WSH (10/8)… Played in his 200th Hurricanes game vs. NYR (12/1)… Recorded an assist, his 200th career NHL assist, at TOR (12/13)… Played in his 500th career NHL game vs. BOS (1/14)… Scored two goals, one shorthanded and one on the power play, vs. WSH (1/20)… Recorded his 100th Hurricanes assist at MTL (2/13)…Had a goal and an assist and was named first star vs. SJ (2/17)… Recorded two assists at TB (3/10)… Scored a goal and earned a pair of helpers at WPG (3/18)… Had a goal and an assist at TOR (3/27)… Games missed due to injury: 3 (lower body: 11/4-11/8)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (10/12-10/18: 0g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (10/12-10/18: 0g, 3a; 10/28-11/1: 1g, 2a; 1/15-1/20: 3g, 1a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (1/20 vs. WSH: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 5 (last: 3/24 at DET: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 9 (last: 3/27 at TOR: 1g, 1a).
Is in his eighth NHL season and fifth with Carolina… Signed a three-year contract with Carolina on June 30, 2011… Has represented Finland in international competitions including the U-18 World Junior Championship (2001), the U-20 World Junior Championship (2002, 2003), the IIHF World Championship (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012) and the Winter Olympic Games (2006).
1999-00: Split the season between Karpat’s Junior and U-18 teams… Was teammates with Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen on Karpat U-18.
2000-01: Played the majority of the season with Karpat Jr., notching 18 goals and 31 assists (49 points) in 41 regular-season games… Scored two goals in six games at the 2001 U-18 World Junior Championship, helping Finland to the bronze medal.
2001-02: Played his first season in SM-Liiga for Karpat Oulu, totaling 16 points (10g, 6a) in 54 regular-season games… Teamed with Pitkanen both with Karpat and on the Finnish team at the 2002 World Junior Championship, where they helped Finland win bronze… Led Finland in scoring at the tournament with eight points, and ranked tied for first overall in the tournament in assists (6).
2002-03: Was tied for second among Karpat skaters in assists (23) and fourth on the team in points (37), skating in 51 SM-Liiga games… Again helped Finland capture bronze at the 2003 World Junior Championship, playing alongside current Hurricanes teammates Joni Pitkanen and Tuomo Ruutu… Finished among the tournament leaders in goals (6) and points (8), ranking second on the Finnish team behind Ruutu in both categories.
2003-04: Ranked tied for second among Karpat skaters in assists (23) and points (38), skating in 55 regular-season games… Tallied three goals and four assists (7 points) in 15 playoff games, helping Karpat capture the league championship.
2004-05: Posted 23 goals and 24 assists (47 points), leading Karpat in goals and points and ranking second in assists… Among Finnish Elite League leaders, was tied for fifth in assists, tied for sixth in points and eighth in goals… Had seven points (3g, 4a) in 12 playoff games, helping Karpat capture its second consecutive league championship… Represented Finland at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
2005-06: Played his first NHL season with Dallas, notching 17 goals and 38 assists (55 points) in 81 games… Led the NHL in shootout goals, scoring on 10 of 13 attempts… Tallied the sixth-most assists and the 10th-most points by a rookie in Stars history… Made his NHL debut vs. LA (10/5)… Scored his first NHL goal vs. PHX (10/11)… Earned his first career three-point game with a goal and two assists vs. COL (3/4)… Represented Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, earning a silver medal… Had four points (1g, 3a) in the tournament… Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, appearing in five games, recording two goals and one assist (3 points)… Scored his first playoff goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. COL (4/24)… Had eight points (2g, 6a) in nine games for Finland at the 2006 IIHF World Championship, ranking second among Finnish skaters in scoring and helping his country to the bronze medal.
2006-07: Ranked second among Stars skaters in plus/minus (+8) and fifth in points (48)… Was one of three Dallas players to appear in all 82 games… Earned his 100th career NHL point with an assist vs. PHX (3/18)… Played in four playoff games, earning one assist in his second NHL postseason appearance.
2007-08: Totaled 16 goals and 26 assists (42 points) in 72 games with Tampa Bay and Dallas… Registered 14 points (2g, 12a) in 20 games with the Lightning after being acquired on Feb. 26… Won 178 of 341 face-offs taken (52.2%)… Netted his first career hat trick, scoring four goals, for Dallas vs. COL (11/16)… Was the first Stars player to have four goals in a game since Brett Hull (3/21/01 vs. ANA)… Scored his first Lightning goal at PIT (3/6)… Helped Finland to another bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship, notching four points (1g, 3a) in nine games.
2008-09: Had 11 points (1g, 10a) in 25 games with the Hurricanes after being acquired on 2/7 from Tampa Bay… Led all Hurricanes forwards in total shorthanded ice time (145:45)… Prior to the trade, had six goals and 10 assists (16 points) in 46 games with Tampa Bay… Made his Hurricanes debut and earned an assist at PHX (2/7)… Scored his first goal with the Hurricanes, the game-winning goal, vs. TB (2/20)… Completed his first playoff season for Carolina and third in the NHL… Was second among Hurricanes in playoff goals (7) and tied for second in playoff points (11)… Ranked tied for first in the NHL in playoff game-winning goals (3) and tied for 11th in the league in playoff goals (7)… Deflected the game-winning goal past Martin Brodeur with 0.2 seconds remaining – the latest regulation game-winner in NHL playoff history – in Game 4 vs. NJ (4/21)… Tied Game 7 at NJ (4/28) with a one-timer past Brodeur with 1:20 left, helping Carolina to a 4-3 come-from-behind win… Scored the overtime, game-winning goal and had an assist in Game 3 vs. BOS (5/6).
2009-10: Established career highs in goals (30) and points (65)… Among Hurricanes, ranked first in goals (30), second in points (65) and fourth in assists (35)… Ranked tied for 10th in the NHL in game-winning goals (6) and eighth in shooting percentage (18.8%)… Set a career-best for longest point streak when he earned points in 10 consecutive games (1/28-3/2: 9g, 4a)… Had 45 points (22g, 23a) in the final 45 games (12/26-4/10) of the season… The Hurricanes were 19-3-4 when he scored a goal… Ranked second among the NHL’s Finnish players in scoring (65 points) and first in goals (30)… Reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career at TB (4/6)… Had his fourth multi-goal game of the season at ATL (3/29), his 100th game with Carolina.
2010-11: Ranked tied for fourth among Hurricanes in scoring (52 points) and third in assists (33)… Was second on the team in power-play goals (8)… Was selected by the Carolina PHWA as the “Good Guy” Award winner for media cooperation… Scored a goal and earned an assist, playing in his home nation of Finland against MIN (10/7)… Played his 400th career NHL game and earned two assists at FLA (11/5)… Was plus or even in 17 consecutive games played from 11/26-1/15… Matched his career high with four points (2g, 2a) and was (+4) at PIT (11/19)… Scored in the shootout at ATL (12/16) to pass Slava Kozlov (27) for first all-time in shootout goals with 28… Earned his 100th Hurricanes point with a goal vs. WSH (12/26)… Missed 12 games due to injury.