In the back of Olli Jokinen's mind, he knew for years the drinking would have to stop.

He knew the toll his binge boozing was taking on his body and, ultimately, on his career.

Happy to tie one on with his teammates when the opportunity presented itself, those nights out with the boys no longer seemed worth it the next day or two when hobbled by debilitating hangovers.

Both the throbbing in his head and the weakness that stems from being dehydrated were cheating him, his teammates, his coach and his organization out of what he knew he could bring on night's the game had his full attention.

The Tylenol intake mounted, as did the guilt.

So he quit.