Jordin Tootoo carries more than pads on his shoulders – he carries the hopes and dreams of thousands of Aboriginal kids who look up to him as well. The rookie Nashville Predator will also be helping to kickstart the National Aboriginal Role Model Program.

The National Aboriginal Health Organization announced that Jordin Tootoo will be the official spokesperson for this new program.

Tootoo became the first Inuk to play in the NHL when he laced up his skates for the Predators last fall.

In 70 games for Nashville, Tootoo had 4 goals, 4 assists for 8 points. He also accumulated 137 minutes in penalties while playing sparingly in his rookie year.

The National Aboriginal Role Model Program celebrates the accomplishments of Inuit, First Nations Metis youth from the ages of 13 to 30. The program’s theme, “Lead Your Way!” inspires Aboriginal youth to strive to reach their goals.

Tootoo will publicly launch the new initiative in Ottawa May 13.