Blackhawks Sign 2017 Draft Pick Henri Jokiharju


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Henri Jokiharju

A former interim director of Wyoming’s Thermopolis Hospital, Judith Abraham earned a “Nurse of the Year” award from the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004. Upon concluding her work in Wyoming, Judith Abraham moved to Chicago, where she enjoys cheering for the NHL Blackhawks.

After missing the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the Blackhawks are focusing on the future of the franchise. The team recently announced it had signed its first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Henri Jokiharju, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

A 19-year-old defenseman from Oulu, Finland, Jokiharju was selected to play for his country in the 2018 World Junior Championships and had an impressive showing with four points in five games. Jokiharju spent the past two seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he recorded a combined 119 points in 134 games.

Jokiharju was especially impressive this past season, recording 71 points in 63 regular season games. He was named to the WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team.