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Olli Jokinen is playing better after dumping booze

Jan 22, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

Olli Jokinen AP

You may not have noticed, but Calgary’s Olli Jokinen has looked better in the last couple seasons and there’s a good reason for it.

Jokinen has cut out drinking from his life and he’s seen his career bounce back because of it. The Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis gets the story from Jokinen about how going cold turkey has helped him find his game again with the Flames.

“I didn’t like to have a hangover. It wasn’t like I would drink every day, but when you go out, you would get plastered up pretty good, and it would take two or three days to recover. When you get older, that gets even harder and harder — you can’t do that very often. I’d have a major headache for several days, and that was the part I didn’t enjoy.”

Jokinen says he’s been going without booze for six years now. Jokinen is second on the Flames in points, just one behind his linemate Jarome Iginla. Last season saw Jokinen’s career rejuvenated in Calgary playing with Iginla and Alex Tanguay once again. It’s always good to hear that a guy takes life serious enough to do things to not just get his career cleaned up but his own life as well.

  1. soupy19 - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    The guy has become one of the best 2 way forwards in the NHL. Shockingly. I really do believe he should be considered for the Selke this year. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a Flames fan. But I’ll tell you that $3M per year on this guy is money well spent. Can’t believe I’m giving props to D Sutter.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Fins love to sauce it up.

    • vanfoodman - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Racist xenophobe!

  3. alexb64 - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    This story would make more sense if he had JUST given up drinking in the last couple of years, but six years of sobriety? It actually would make it seem like his production started to tail off when he quit drinking when you look back.

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