|HOME TOWN:||Lino Lakes, MN|
HOW HE GOT HERE: Signed an SPC in July 2018
CONTRACT STATUS: Maine Mariners
Tolkinen is an ECHL journeyman, having played for six different organizations in the league. His best offensive season, remains his 2014-15 rookie campaign where he posted 19 points for Elmira, playing in all 72 games. However, in his age 29 season as inaugural Captain of the Mariners, Tolkinen was on pace to set a new career high in points, when an injury and AHL call-up caused him to play in just 47 games. Nevertheless, his productive season (13 points), earned him that AHL debut in February 2019 with Hartford. Tolkinen attended Qunnipiac University after playing Junior hockey in the NAHL with Owatonna and Fairbanks.