Jason Zucker

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Jason Zucker
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Born (1992-01-16) January 16, 1992 (age 26)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 59th overall, 2010
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2012–present

Jason Alan Zucker[1] (born January 16, 1992) is an American ice hockey player, playing currently at left wing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.[2][3]

Zucker played in the 2009 World Juniors and 2010 World Juniors for Team USA, coming in 5th place in 2009 and winning a gold medal in 2010. He was also a member of Team USA's bronze medal-winning team at the 2011 World Juniors. Playing for the University of Denver in 2010–11, he was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year. He was drafted in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Wild.

Early life[edit]

Zucker was born in Newport Beach, California, and is Jewish.[4][5] His mother, Natalie Zucker, is a former competitive figure skater, and his father, Scott Zucker, is a general contractor who built ice rinks and roller rinks when Jason was young.[6] He has two older brothers, Evan and Adam, and a younger sister, Kimmie, and brother, Cameron.[7][8]

When he was two months old, Zucker and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.[9] Zucker moved to Los Angeles for hockey for two years when he was 11, and to Plymouth, Michigan, when he was 15 so he could play with the Compuware AAA Minor Midget Team, and finally to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for two years.[10]

He attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[11]

He has three tattoos: on his back, "USA" (a nod to his playing for the national team); on his chest, "Game Time" (in memory of his best friend, Nick Scheafer, who died in 2010 at the age of 19 in a car accident); and on his left arm, written in Hebrew, "In pursuit of perfection" (in honor of his Jewish heritage). In 2016, he got a young cancer patient's name, who he met at Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, tattooed onto his wrist, along with the words "shoot more" in memory of the boy who died on July 2, 2016.[12]

Playing career[edit]

Zucker played in the 2009 World Juniors and 2010 World Juniors for Team USA, and won gold medals in each event.[13] He was also a member of Team USA's bronze medal-winning team at the 2011 World Juniors.[14]

Playing for the University of Denver in 2010–11, he was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Year, and was also named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and 2nd All-Star Team.[15] In his two seasons playing for Denver, he had 45 goals and 91 points in 78 games. He turned pro following the 2011-12 season.

Zucker was drafted in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the first Nevada-raised draft pick (and, subsequently, player) in NHL history.[16] Zucker signed his entry-level contract with the Wild on March 27, 2012. He made his NHL debut in a victory against the Florida Panthers on March 29, 2012. He scored his first NHL goal against Petr Mrazek on February 17, 2013, in a Wild win over the Detroit Red Wings.[17]

The lockout-shortened 2012–13 NHL season saw Zucker split time between the Minnesota Wild and the Houston Aeros. He appeared in 20 regular season games with Minnesota, and played mostly on the team's second line alongside Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi.

On May 5, 2013, Zucker scored at 2:15 of the extra period to give the Wild a 3–2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, to pull within 2–1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

On March 26, 2014, Zucker underwent successful surgery on his left quadriceps to repair a tendon. He missed the remainder of the 2013–14 season, but was ready for the start of the 2014–15 campaign.[18]

In 2014-15 he scored 21 goals in 51 games, and was 10th in the NHL with a 16.9% shooting percentage. On October 25, 2015, he set a Wild team record by scoring 10 seconds into a 5-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets (Zucker later tied his own record in a game against the Colorado Avalanche in April 2017).[19] The only other NHL players who have scored within the first 10 seconds of two different games are Montreal’s Bobby Rousseau (once in 1962–63, and once in 1965-66) and Yvan Cournoyer (both in 1973–74).

In 2015-16 he played in a career-high 71 games, and had 13 goals and 10 assists. In June 2016 the Wild re-signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract.[20]

During the 2016-17 season, Zucker set new career highs once again by playing in 79 games while recording 22 goals and 25 assists for 47 points. He finished tied for 6th in team scoring.

Zucker recorded his first NHL hat-trick on November 9, 2017 against the Montreal Canadiens.[21] On May 2, 2018, Zucker was named a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, along with P.K. Subban, and the Sedin brothers.[22]

Zucker scored his 100th NHL goal on October 13, 2018, in a home overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.[23] He is the 7th Minnesota Wild player to record 100 goals with the team.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Zucker married Minneapolis-based sports & entertainment journalist and television personality Carly Aplin in the summer of 2016.[25][26][27] She is a television host for the Minnesota Timberwolves Entertainment Network (T.E.N.) and a reporter for CBS Sports and Fox Sports North, who is in February 2018 premiered a sports talk radio show named "Overtime with Carly Zucker" on KFAN 100.3 FM.[27][28] He has a son, Hendrix.[20] The family lives in Edina, Minnesota.[20]

Zucker is Jewish, though not religious. He did not have a bar mitzvah celebration because he never wanted to miss hockey; however, he does celebrate Hanukkah.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 U.S. National Under-18 Team USHL 52 13 10 23 63
2009–10 U.S. National Under-18 Team USHL 22 11 7 18 23
2010–11 University of Denver WCHA 40 23 22 45 59
2011–12 University of Denver WCHA 38 22 24 46 38
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 6 0 2 2 2
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 55 24 26 50 43 1 0 0 0 4
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 20 4 1 5 8 5 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 22 8 5 13 55
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 4 1 5 2
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 21 5 26 18 10 2 1 3 2
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 13 10 23 20 6 0 2 2 2
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 22 25 47 30 5 1 0 1 2
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 33 31 64 44 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 330 97 75 172 124 31 4 4 8 6
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 United States
Gold medal – first place 2010 Belarus
World Junior Hockey Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Canada
Bronze medal – third place 2011 USA

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1 5 6 0
2010 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 3 7 2
2010 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 0 2 2
2011 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1 0 1 0
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 31 11 12 23 6

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2010–11
All-WCHA Second Team 2010–11
All-WCHA Second Team 2011–12
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2012 [30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Family Search
  2. ^ "Wild Signs Zucker". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Wild re-sign Jason Zucker for 2 years, $4 million". ESPN.com. ESPN. June 29, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sports Shorts". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 18. September–October 2011.
  5. ^ "Zucker leaves Denver, signs deal three year deal with Wild". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Russo, Michelle (February 10, 2017). "Rooted in roller hockey, Jason Zucker blooming on ice". StarTribune. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Russo, Michelle (April 15, 2015). "For Wild's Zucker, perfection is the goal". StarsTribune. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Chambers, Mike (November 15, 2010). "DU's Zucker a real American prodigy". Denver Post. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Satkowiak, Ryan (January 16, 1992). "From Sin City To The Twin Cities, Jason Zucker Is Living His NHL Dream". USA Hockey Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Andresen, Glen (July 19, 2010). "Family Man...Er...Kid". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jason Zucker – Denver Pioneers Official Athletics Site". Denverpioneers.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  12. ^ Pierce, Jessi (November 15, 2016). "Words will last lifetime for Jason Zucker". NHL.com. NHL. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "2010 NHL Draft Prospect: Jason Zucker". Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Player Statistics by Team – USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  15. ^ "Jason Zucker". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  16. ^ Myers, Dan (June 27, 2017). "Son of the Sand: Zucker Talks Hockey in the Desert". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "2–17–13 Zucker Coast to Coast Video – NHL VideoCenter – Minnesota Wild". Video.wild.nhl.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  18. ^ "Backstrom, Zucker Undergo Successful Surgeries". nhl.com. Minnesota Wild. March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  19. ^ "Zucker sets Wild mark for fastest goal, Jets' Little scores goal with head". Sports Illustrated. October 25, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c "What's been Jason Zucker's secret to success? His son Hendrix"
  21. ^ Myers, Dan (November 10, 2017). "Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Canadiens 0". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "King Clancy Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  23. ^ Pierce, Jessi (October 13, 2018). "Aho, Hurricanes rally past Wild in OT". NHL.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  24. ^ @mnwildPR (October 13, 2018). ".@Jason_Zucker16 gives the #mnwild a 3-2 lead with his third goal of the season and 100th career NHL tally, 5:41 into the third period. Zucker is the seventh player in team history to reach the 100-goal milestone" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "Carly Aplin and Wild's Jason Zucker get married"
  26. ^ "Carly Aplin and Jason Zucker's steamy engagement photos"
  27. ^ a b "Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker marries reporter Carly Aplin"
  28. ^ "'Overtime with Carly Zucker' debuts, KFAN's first woman-led sports talk show in a decade" | KMSP
  29. ^ "Who The Folk?! Jason Zucker". TCJewFolk. April 18, 2016.
  30. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved June 26, 2014.

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