His mother, Rose Tootoo, is of Ukrainian Canadian 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.
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.
He became the first player of Inuit descent to play in a regular season NHL game when he suited up against the Anaheim Ducks on opening night October 9, 2003. He was also the first person of Inuit descent to be drafted by an NHL team. Jordin wears the number '22' as a play on words of his name.
He got his first NHL point with an assist on a Dan Hamhuis goal against the St. Louis Blues on October 16, 2003 and scored his first NHL goal against the Atlanta Thrashers on October 23, 2003. Also, Tootoo has earned two "Gordie Howe hat tricks" on January 10, 2004, and December 8, 2007 when he notched a goal, an assist, and a fighting major in each game.
He spent the 2005-06 season between the Nashville Predators and the Predators' minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he played during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. On July 21, 2006 he was re-signed by the Predators to a two-year contract. On January 31 2008, Jordin was re-signed to another two-year contract extension.
On March 19, 2007, the NHL suspended Tootoo for five games. Tootoo punched defenseman Stephane Robidas of the Dallas Stars with his glove on during the Stars game against Nashville on March 17. Robidas suffered a concussion and was rendered unconscious. The NHL issued a five game suspension without pay, and accusations of "dirty" play have been leveled at Tootoo. These accusations were resurrected after an incident on October 11, 2007, in which Tootoo hit the head of Daniel Winnik, of the Phoenix Coyotes, with his shoulder.
|1999–00||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||45||6||10||16||214||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||60||20||28||48||172||6||2||4||6||18|
|2001–02||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||64||32||39||71||272||16||4||3||7||58|
|2002–03||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||51||35||39||74||216||17||6||3||9||49|
|2000||Team Canada||Four Nat||3||2||0||2||10|
Jordin Tootoo briefly dated American Idol music star Kellie Pickler in 2007.