Jokinen, a center from Finland selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 3 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, played for 10 teams during a career that spanned 17 seasons. He was at his best during a span of five-seasons with the Florida Panthers from 2002-08) in which he averaged more than 34 goals and nearly 75 points.
Jokinen, who was the rookie of the year with HIFK in Liiga, Finland's top professional league in 1996-97, made the Kings out of training camp in 1997 and was scoreless in eight games before being sent back to HIFK. He returned to the Kings in the fall of 1998 and finished with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 66 games in the 1998-99 season but was traded to the New York Islanders on June 20, 1999.