#4: Philip Holm
Described as a well-rounded defenceman, Philip Holm signed a one-year entry-level deal with the Canucks in May of 2017 after years of playing in his native Sweden.
Holm played 42 games with the Utica Comets in 2017-18 and he looked good. He scored 11 goals and got 18 assists for 29 points in 42 NHL games. On February 23, 2018, he played his first and so far only NHL game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Canucks lost that game 5-4 via the shootout in Las Vegas. Just three days later, the Canucks traded Holm to the Golden Knights for Brendan Leipsic. Holm spent the rest of the year with the Chicago Wolves.
He returned to Europe that summer and signed for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL. In his one season there, he scored seven goals and managed 19 assists for 26 points in 61 games. Holm was a KHL All-Star that season.
He tried another crack at the NHL the following year by signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks but was sent to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. 30 games into the IceHogs season, his contract was mutually terminated and he returned to Europe to play for Lausanne HC of Switzerland’s National League.
Holm spent 2020-21 with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and spent last season with Jokerit, who are a Finnish-based team in the KHL. Next season, he will be playing for Örebro HK.
Holm might as well play Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” because he’s been everywhere, man. Well, not everywhere but you get the point.
#5: Jussi Jokinen
Unlike the other players in this article, Jussi Jokinen had a respectable NHL career. He played 951 games in the NHL and scored 191 goals and managed 372 assists for 563 points. But like the other players in this article, his time with the Canucks was short. It’s understandable why fans would forget that Jokinen was a Canuck.
By the way, Jokinen is not related to former Florida Panthers captain Olli Jokinen but has a younger brother named Kuho who also plays hockey. Juho plays for Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga.
Jokinen played for the Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Panthers, Oilers, Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. His best season was 2009-10 when he scored 30 goals and managed 35 assists with the Hurricanes. He was traded to the Canucks at the 2018 trade deadline along with Tyler Motte for Thomas Vanek.
Having also played for Edmonton and LA in 2017-18, Jokinen was the fourth player in NHL history to play on four teams in one season. The other three were Dennis O’Brien, Dave McLlwain and Mark Arcobello. Jokinen was also the third player in NHL history to get a point with four different teams in one season. O’Brien and Arcobello were the others.
Jokinen played just 14 games with the Canucks but he scored four goals and got six assists. Not bad at all, to be honest.
But that was his last hurrah in the NHL as he played the next three seasons for Liiga’s Kärpät and announced his retirement from hockey in May of 2021 after a 20-year career.
A recent article published on the Finnish website Ilta Sanomat revealed that between 2016 and 2021, Jokinen supported Finnish pole vaulter Wilma Murto by giving her 12,000 Euros annually. Why? He wanted to support her and her career. Murto just won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Munich. It was the first gold medal of her career and Jokinen was watching from his home in Oulu, Finland.
Jokinen also supported Murto because the athletic system in Finland is flawed according to the article. It says the support is based on both the athlete’s success and potential, but during their development, injuries may happen which can slow their development down and they may not have enough evidence for support.
I highly recommend you read it and make sure you click translate on the right of the address bar (available for Chrome and Firefox) if you don’t understand Finnish.
What other obscure and forgotten players have played for the Canucks over the past five years? Do you remember these five players know? Let me know in the comments below!