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Jason Zucker
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Born January 16 1992 (1992-01-16) (age 25),
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
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, and won gold medals in each event. 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 lifeEdit

Zucker, who is Jewish,[4] was born in Newport Beach, California.[5][6] 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.[7] He has two older brothers, Evan and Adam, and a younger sister, Kimmie, and brother, Cameron.[7][8][9]

When he was two months old, Zucker and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.[10] 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.[6][10][11] He attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[12]

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).[8]

Playing careerEdit

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.[7] He turned pro following the 2011-12 season.[7]

He was drafted in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).[7] He was the first Nevada-raised draft pick (and, subsequently, player) in NHL history.[7] 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.[2] He scored his first NHL goal against Petr Mrazek on February 17, 2013, in a Wild win over the Detroit Red Wings.[16]

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. He wore number 16.

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.[17]

In 2014-15 he scored 21 goals in 51 games, 10th in the NHL, with a 16.9% shooting percentage.[7] 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 Denver Avalanche in April 2017).[7][18] 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).[18]

In 2015-16 he played in a career-high 71 games, and had 13 goals and 10 assists.[3] In June 2016 the Wild re-signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Zucker married Minneapolis-based sports & entertainment journalist and television personality Carly Aplin in the summer of 2016.[19][20][21] Aplin is a television host for the Minnesota Timberwolves Entertainment Network (T.E.N.) and a reporter for CBS Sports and Fox Sports North.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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
NHL totals 248 64 44 108 80 26 4 4 8 6
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States of America
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2009 United States
Gold 2010 Belarus
World Junior Hockey Championships
Gold 2010 Canada
Bronze 2011 USA

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 7 1 5 6 0
2010 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 7 4 3 7 2
2010 United States WJC Gold medal icon 7 2 0 2 2
2011 United States WJC Bronze medal icon 4 1 0 1 0
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 31 11 12 23 6

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
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 [22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGVG-B1X
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wild Signs Zucker. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved on March 27, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Wild re-sign LW Jason Zucker for 2 years, $4 million", ESPN.
  4. (September–October 2011) "Sports Shorts". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87). Retrieved on September 16, 2011. 
  5. Zucker leaves Denver, signs deal three year deal with Wild. Star Tribune. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved on March 28, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jason Zucker's Hockey Odyssey. Letsgodu.blogspot.com (July 21, 2010). Retrieved on March 26, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Jason Zucker Stats and News | NHL.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 "For Wild's Jason Zucker, perfection is always the goal" - StarTribune.com
  9. "DU’s Zucker a real American prodigy" – The Denver Post
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ryan Satkowiak (January 16, 1992). From Sin City To The Twin Cities, Jason Zucker Is Living His NHL Dream. USA Hockey Magazine. Retrieved on March 26, 2014.
  11. Family Man...Er...Kid | NHL.com
  12. Jason Zucker – Denver Pioneers Official Athletics Site. Denverpioneers.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved on January 14, 2013.
  13. 2010 NHL Draft Prospect: Jason Zucker. Retrieved on June 29, 2011.
  14. Player Statistics by Team – USA. IIHF. Retrieved on July 29, 2011.
  15. Jason Zucker. eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on July 29, 2011.
  16. 2–17–13 Zucker Coast to Coast Video – NHL VideoCenter – Minnesota Wild. Video.wild.nhl.com (February 17, 2013). Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  17. Template:Pipehome Backstrom, Zucker Undergo Successful Surgeries – Minnesota Wild. Wild.nhl.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  18. 18.0 18.1 [1]
  19. "Carly Aplin and Wild's Jason Zucker get married"
  20. "Carly Aplin and Jason Zucker's steamy engagement photos"
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker marries reporter Carly Aplin"
  22. "WCHA Tourney History", WCHA. Retrieved on June 26, 2014. 

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