Jason Zucker

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Jason Zucker
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Born (1992-01-16) January 16, 1992 (age 22)
Newport Beach, CA, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 59th overall, 2010
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2012–present
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
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

Jason Zucker (born January 16, 1992) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.[1] Zucker participated in the 2010 World Juniors for Team USA and won the gold medal.[2] He was also a member of Team USA's bronze medal winning team at the 2011 World Juniors.[3]

Early life[edit]

Zucker is Jewish,[4] was born to Scott and Natalie Zucker in Newport Beach, California,[5][6] and at two months old he and his family moved to, and he was then raised in, Las Vegas, Nevada.[7] 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 subsequently to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for two years.[6][7] He attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[8]

Playing career[edit]

Playing for the University of Denver in 2010–11, he was the WCHA Rookie of the Year, and was also named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and 2nd All-Star Team.[9]

Zucker signed his entry-level contract with the Wild on March 27, 2012, and made his NHL Debut in a victory against the Florida Panthers on March 29, 2012.[1] He scored his first NHL goal against Petr Mrazek on February 17, 2013 in a Wild win over the Detroit Red Wings.[10]

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 the number 16.

On Sunday, 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 will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, but should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 campaign. [11]

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
NHL totals 47 8 4 12 12 5 1 1 2 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC18 7 1 5 6 0
2010 United States WJC18 7 4 3 7 2
2010 United States WJC 7 2 0 2 2
2011 United States WJC 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
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 [12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wild Signs Zucker". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 NHL Draft Prospect: Jason Zucker". Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Player Statistics by Team – USA". IIHF. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sports Shorts". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 18. September/October 2011, accessed September 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zucker leaves Denver, signs deal three year deal with Wild". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jason Zucker's Hockey Odyssey". Letsgodu.blogspot.com. July 21, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b By:  Ryan Satkowiak (January 16, 1992). "From Sin City To The Twin Cities, Jason Zucker Is Living His NHL Dream". USA Hockey Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jason Zucker – Denver Pioneers Official Athletics Site". Denverpioneers.com. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jason Zucker". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2-17-13 Zucker Coast to Coast Video - NHL VideoCenter - Minnesota Wild". Video.wild.nhl.com. 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  11. ^ "Backstrom, Zucker Undergo Successful Surgeries - Minnesota Wild - News". Wild.nhl.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  12. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

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