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Jason Zucker
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Born January 16, 1992 (1992-01-16) (age 27)
Newport Beach, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
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

Jason Zucker (born on January 16, 1992) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He participated in the 2010 World Juniors for Team USA and won the gold medal.

Jason was also a member of Team USA's bronze medal winning team at the 2011 World Juniors.

Playing CareerEdit

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

On March 27, 2012, he signed his entry-level contract with the Wild. On March 29, 2012, Jason made his NHL debut in a game against the Florida Panthers.

On February 17, 2013, he scored his first NHL goal against Petr Mrazek in a Minnesota Wild win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season saw Jason 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, Jason 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, Jason 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 NHL season.

Career StatisticsEdit

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 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 4 1 5 2
NHL totals 47 8 4 12 12 5 1 1 2 0

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States U-18 7 1 5 6 0
2010 United States U-18 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 6 3 4 7 2
U-18 totals 14 5 8 13 2
WJC totals 17 6 4 10 4

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg 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

Personal LifeEdit

Jason was born to Scott and Natalie Zucker in Newport Beach, California. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 2 months old where he was raised. He is Jewish.

At the age of 11, he moved to Los Angeles, California for hockey for two years and when he was 15 years old, Jason moved to Plymouth, Michigan so he could play with the Compuware AAA Minor Midget Team.

He lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for two years where he attended Pioneer High School.

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