Published on March 23, 2011 by Christian
Tootoo’s middle name Kudluk means “thunder”. His mother, Rose Tootoo, is of Ukrainian descent, while his father, Barney, is an Inuk from Nunavut. He is also the nephew of Manitoba Legislative Assembly Speaker George Hickes and cousin to Nunavut MLA Hunter Tootoo.
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Although born in Manitoba, Tootoo grew up in Rankin Inlet, where he was taught to skate and play hockey by his father, Barney. Growing up in Rankin Inlet also allowed Tootoo to learn the traditional Inuit lifestyle that includes hunting and camping.
As the first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League he has become a role model for youth in Nunavut.
Birth Name: Jordin John Kudluk Tootoo
Birth Place: Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Date of Birth: February 2, 1983
Ethnicity: Inuk, Ukrainian