Jack Hughes (ice hockey, born 2001)

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Jack Hughes
Born (2001-05-14) May 14, 2001 (age 17)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 166 lb (75 kg; 11 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
USHL team U.S. NTDP
NHL Draft Eligible 2019
Playing career TBD–present

Jack Hughes (born May 14, 2001) is an American ice hockey forward for the U.S. National Development Team. Hughes is seen as the top prospect for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and widely projected to go first overall.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

While playing with the Mississauga Rebels of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Hughes applied for exceptional status to be able to enter the Canadian Hockey League a year early.[3] After his application was denied, he played his final year with the Toronto Marlboros, putting up 159 points.

After completing his minor career with the Marlboros, Hughes was drafted eighth overall by the Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League, despite his commitment to the U.S. National Development Team (USNTDP).[4] Hughes kept his commitment and played with the USNTDP for the 2017–18 season. Splitting his time between the U17 and U18 team, he put up 116 points, nearly beating Auston Matthews's record.[5] At the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, Hughes was awarded Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award as the best American-born player in junior hockey.[6]

International play[edit]

In the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Hughes was selected as the tournament MVP and to the All-star team.[7] and was chosen as the best forward of the tournament.[8] He was also the best scorer of the tournament with 12 points in 7 games.[9]

On December 23, Hughes was selected to compete at the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships alongside his brother Quinn.[10] Hughes missed three games of the tournament with an undisclosed injury but returned to the lineup in time to help Team USA beat the Czech Republic. He recorded an assist on Noah Cates's goal in his return.[11] Hughes ended the tournament with four assists as Team USA lost to Team Finland in the gold medal match.

Personal life[edit]

Hughes comes from a family of ice hockey athletes. His older brother, Quinn, was drafted 7th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. His younger brother Luke plays minor hockey for Little Caesars Bantam Major AAA.[1] Their father, Jim Hughes, is a former hockey player and team captain for Providence College, an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins, and the director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.[12][13] His mother, Ellen, played ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer at the University of New Hampshire and, in 2012, was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame.[13] She also played for the United States women's national ice hockey team, and won a silver medal at the 1992 World Championship.[14] His uncle Marty, and his cousin, Teddy Doherty, were also both involved in ice hockey.[14] Marty last played in the British National League for the Dundee Stars,[15] and Teddy last played for the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2017–18 U.S. National Development Team Juniors USHL 27 21 33 54 10
2017–18 U.S. National Development Team U17 USDP 24 13 35 48 10
2017–18 U.S. National Development Team U18 USDP 36 27 41 68 6
USHL totals 27 21 33 54 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2017 United States U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 5 10 15 2
2018 United States U18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 7 12 2
2019 United States WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 0 4 4 0
Junior totals 17 10 21 31 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Ref
USHL
Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award 2018 [6]
International
2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Tournament MVP 2018 [7]
2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Tournament All-Star Team 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peters, Chris (April 5, 2018). "Meet the Hughes brothers, America's future first family of hockey". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Staff, HP. "HockeyProspect.com's Early 2019 NHL Draft Top 31 Ranking". Hockey Prospect. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ Joyce, Garce (December 26, 2018). "THE AMERICAN DREAM". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Colpitts, Iain (April 8, 2017). "Steelheads gamble on high-end talent Jack Hughes in OHL Draft". mississauga.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Peters, Chris (June 25, 2018). "Why Jack Hughes is the No. 1-ranked 2019 NHL draft prospect". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "NTDP's Jack Hughes named USA Hockey's Junior Player of the Year". mihockey.com. May 22, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Media all stars" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Best players selected by the directorate" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Scoring leaders" (PDF).
  10. ^ Mike G. Morreale (December 23, 2018). "United States finalizes roster for World Junior Championship". NHL.com. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jack Hughes back as U.S. defeats Czechs in world junior hockey quarterfinal". Regina Leader-Post. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  12. ^ Mullen, Liz (April 11, 2016). "CAA Hockey adds longtime coaches in staff positions to develop players". sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Krupa, Gregg (January 14, 2018). "Hockey runs deep in Hughes' family bloodline". detroitnews.com. Ann Arbor. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Olsen, Becky (December 16, 2015). "Quinn Hughes Follows in Family Footsteps with Hockey". usahockeyntdp.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "MARTY HUGHES". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved January 31, 2018.

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