By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Blake Wheeler, Michael Frolik, Ondrej Pavelec and Olli Jokinen will all wear their respective countries sweaters when the Sochi Winter Olympics get underway next month in Russia.
The Winnipeg Jets will give their best of luck’s to four of their players come February 7th. The tandem of Frolik and Pavelec will suit up for the Czech Republic while Wheeler and Jokinen will represent the USA and Finland respectively for the two-week ordeal.
Here is a quick recap on what your Jet Olympians have accomplished so far this year.
Wheeler, 27, has played in 42 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the right-winger has earned a team-leading 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points this campaign. The Plymouth, MN native has played in 414 career NHL games between Boston, Atlanta and Winnipeg for 263 career points (108G, 155A) and 254 penalty minutes.
This will be the third time Wheeler has represented his country after suiting up for Team USA in the 2006 World Junior Championships and at the 2011 World Championships. The Phoenix Coyotes originally drafted him in the first round, fifth overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Pavelec, 26, has played in 33 games for the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the net minder has recorded an 11-17-4 record, 3.06 goals against average and 0.901 save percentage. Pavelec has suited up for his country four times, winning the Gold Medal at the 2010 World Championships and the Bronze Medal in the 2011 World Championships. The Atlanta Thrashers originally drafted him in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Frolik, 25, has played in 44 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the left-handed winger has recorded 24 points (9G, 15A) and six penalty minutes. The Kladno, Czech Republic native has played in 393 career NHL games, between Florida, Chicago and Winnipeg, for 175 career points (70G, 105A) and 131 penalty minutes. Frolik has earned five bronze medals for the Czech Republic over his career – 2011, 2012 World Championships; 2005 World Junior Championships; 2004, 2006 IIHF U18 Championships. The Florida Panthers originally drafted him in the first round, 10th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Jokinen, 35, has played 45 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, The Kuopio, Finland native has recorded 27 points (10G, 17A) and 24 penalty minutes. Over two season with the Jets, the left-handed centre has appeared in 90 games for 41 points (17G, 24A) and 38 penalty minutes.
Jokinen has played in 1,132 career NHL games between Los Angeles, New York Islanders, Florida, Calgary, New York Rangers and Winnipeg and has 724 points (309G, 415A) with 1,005 penalty minutes in that time.
He has won two Olympic medals for Finland over his career – a Silver Medal in 2006 and a Bronze Medal in 2010. Outside of the Olympics, Jokinen has earned fiver World Championship Medals (two Silver, three Bronze), one World Cup Medal (Silver) and one World Junior Championship Medal (Gold). The Los Angeles Kings originally drafted him in the first round, third overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets)