May 28, 1995|
Laval, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
Vegas Golden Knights|
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
36th overall, 2013|
Zachary "Zach" Fucale (born May 28, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL while under contract with the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League (NHL). Fucale was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round (36th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Before being drafted into major junior hockey, Fucale played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League. The Halifax Mooseheads selected Fucale eleventh overall in the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Entry Draft.
In his first season with the Mooseheads, Fucale set a QMJHL record for most wins by a rookie with 32 For his performance, he was named to the QMJHL all-rookie team and awarded the Raymond Lagacé Trophy as defensive rookie of the year.
In 2012, Fucale was named to the Subway Super Series as a QMJHL representative. On November 8, 2012, Fucale made the start for team QMJHL in the series and stopped all 10 shots he faced before being replaced halfway through the game. In November 2012, Fucale was named the #1 North American Goaltender in the NHL Central Scouting rankings for the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft.
The 2012–2013 campaign saw Fucale become the Mooseheads' all-time leader in wins with 79, surpassing the mark previously held by Jean-Sébastien Giguère. During the 2012–13 playoffs, he maintained a goals-against average (GAA) of 2.02 and a save percentage of 0.918, recording 16 wins with the Mooseheads against only one loss as they captured their first President's Cup (QMJHL).
In the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament held at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Fucale maintained a 0.902 save percentage while maintaining a 3.52 GAA to help the Halifax Mooseheads capture their first-ever Memorial Cup. Playing with a talented Mooseheads club that included future NHL rookie of the year Nathan MacKinnon and Canadian Hockey League player of the year Jonathan Drouin, Fucale turned aside 40 shots to beat the Portland Winterhawks 6–4 in the championship game. He was named to the tournament all-star team.
On January 21, 2014, Fucale became the youngest goalie to reach 100 wins in QMJHL history, at 18 years, 7.8 months. At the same time he set a new record for achieving that mark in the fewest games, winning his hundredth game in 145 starts. The record was previously held by Jacques Cloutier of the Trois-Rivières Draveurs who was 19 when he reached 100 wins in 150 games in 1979.
On November 28, 2014, Fucale recorded his 124th regular season win, passing Olivier Roy for second place among QMJHL goaltenders for most career wins and putting him within 18 wins of Cloutier's all-time record.
Fucale was traded to the Quebec Remparts on December 19, 2014. On his departure from Halifax, he was the club's all-time leader in regular season wins (126), playoff wins (35), and shutouts (15). In an unusual step for an active player, Fucale returned to his former club 22 days after he was traded to be honoured with an emotional eight-minute pre-game tribute.
In May 2015, Fucale led the Quebec Remparts to the President Cup finals after defeating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Charlottetown Islanders, and Moncton Wildcats. The team lost to the Rimouski Océanic in double overtime of the seventh and final game of the series. Fucale was still able to make a return to the national MasterCard Memorial Cup championship, by virtue of Quebec's status as host; however, the team was eliminated by the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets, 9–3, in the semi-final.
During the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Fucale was the top goalie taken, selected 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Following training camp in 2014, the Canadiens returned Fucale to the Halifax Mooseheads for his final junior year. In 2015, Fucale played his first pre-season game in a Habs uniform, giving up two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 2–1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 22.
On September 26, 2015, the Canadiens announced that Fucale was being reassigned for the 2015–16 season to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League, where he shared netminder duties with Dustin Tokarski. On November 30, the team recalled Fucale from the AHL to become Mike Condon's back-up goalie during Carey Price's recovery from an injury.
During the 2016–17 season, Fucale played for the Brampton Beast (ECHL). Entering the playoffs, he had already established a number of franchise records including games played, wins (25) and goals against average. He also took time out in December to lead Canada to a Spengler Cup Champion as the teams' only ECHL representative and the youngest player on the roster.
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
|IIHF World U20 Championship|
Fucale was named to Canada's roster for the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championship. After Canada finished a disappointing fourth at the 2014 event in Sweden, Fucale led Team Canada to a gold medal, their first in five years, at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. In so doing, Fucale improved his save percentage to .949 over five games in 2015, up from .902 in the previous tournament; his goals-against average improved to 1.20 from 2.42. With eight wins, Fucale ties Stéphane Fiset (1989/1990) and Marc-André Fleury (2003/2004) for most wins by a Canadian goaltender at the IIHF U20 tournament.
Regular season and playoffs
|2015–16||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||42||16||19||4||2376||124||1||3.13||.903||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||3||1||2||0||178||7||1||2.36||.919||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Raymond Lagacé Trophy – QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year||2011–12|
|2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Memorial Tournament – Gold Medal||2012|
|QMJHL First Team All-Star||2012–13|||
|QMJHL President's Cup Championship||2013|
|Memorial Cup Championship||2013|
|CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2013|||
|Paul Dumont Trophy – QMJHL Personality of the Year||2013–14|||
|Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy – QMJHL Best GAA||2013–14|||
|IIHF World U20 Championships – Gold Medal||2015|
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