|Born||September 1, 1987 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Frisk Tigers (GET)
Modo Hockey (SEL)
New York Rangers
|National team||Template:Country data Norway|
He is the seventh Norwegian to play in the NHL. Before the NHL he played for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elitserien for two seasons.
In 2010, Mats won the Guldhjälmen (Golden Helmet), which is awarded annually to the most valuable player in the Elitserien, as decided by a vote of its players.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Norway & Sweden[edit | edit source]
Mats began playing full-time for the Tigers in the GET-ligaen, Norway's premiere league, as an 18-year-old. He scored 8 points over 21 games as a rookie in 2005–06.
The following season, he improved to 59 points over 43 games, third in league scoring behind Jonas Solberg Andersen and Mathis Olimb.
In 2007–08, Mats helped the Tigers to the best regular season record in the league.
Mats finished third in league scoring a second consecutive season with 64 points, as he and Tigers teammates Chris Abbott, Cam Abbott and Marcus Eriksson ranked as the top four GET-ligaen scorers.
Mats added 27 points in 15 playoff games as the Tigers advanced to the Finals, where they were defated in six games by the Storhamar Dragons.
After three seasons in the GET-ligaen, Mats signed with Modo Hockey of the Elitserien, Sweden's premiere league.
In his first season with Modo, he ranked third in team scoring with 40 points in 35 games.
The following season, Mats led the team with 23 goals. With a league-leading 64 points, he was awarded the Guldhjälmen as the league's most valuable player, as voted by Elitserien players.
New York Rangers[edit | edit source]
In the summer of 2010, Mats was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL) to a two-year entry-level contract.
He started the 2010–11 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack (later renamed Connecticut Whale), the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate to learn the North American rink dimensions.
On December 22, 2010, he was called up to the Rangers following an injury to right winger Marian Gaborik.
Mats made his NHL debut on December 23, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the seventh Norwegian player to play in the NHL, and the second undrafted one.
He logged 17 minutes and 52 seconds of ice time and registered two shots on goal in his NHL debut.
As the game remained tied after overtime, Mats scored in the shootout against Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis. The Rangers lost the game 4–3.
Even though he was re-assigned to the Whale immediately after the game, the Rangers recalled Mats once more for their next game on December 27, 2010 against the New York Islanders.
Mats earned his first NHL assist during the contest, tying with defenceman Anders Myrvold for the Norwegian player with the fewest number of games played before recording an NHL point. The Rangers won the game 7–2.
Nine days later in his sixth game, Mats scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Cam Ward three minutes into overtime, leading the Rangers to a 2–1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
On April 1, 2011, he was reassigned to Connecticut after playing 41 games for the Rangers.
On April 13, 2011, Mats became only the second Norwegian to take part in NHL postseason action when the New York Rangers lost 2–1 against the Washington Capitals.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk[edit | edit source]
On June 1, 2012, Mats confirmed that he has signed a two-year deal with the KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Dallas Stars[edit | edit source]
On 24 February 2019, Zuccarello was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2019 conditional second-round pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick. He debuted with the Stars the same day against the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored his first goal with the team during the second period but later suffered an upper-body injury forcing him to miss the third period of play. Afterwards, the Stars announced he was expected to miss at least four weeks to recover.
Minnesota Wild[edit | edit source]
Having left the Stars as a free agent, Zuccarello was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2019.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||42||6||17||23||4||1||0||0||0||2|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||10||2||1||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||15||3||5||8||8||12||1||6||7||4|
International Statistics[edit | edit source]
|2004||Norway Jr.||WJC U18||6||0||2||2||8|
|2005||Norway Jr.||WJC U18 (D1)||5||2||3||5||6|
|2007||Norway Jr.||WJC (D1)||5||2||5||7||2|
International Play[edit | edit source]
Mats has represented Norway at the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Canada, the 2009 IIHF World Championship, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.
He had to withdraw from the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia due a hand fracture.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Mats grew up in the suburbs of Løren in Grorud Valley, Oslo. He is of Sicilian and Norwegian ancestry.
Mats started playing hockey in Hasle-Loren when he was 5 years old. After some years in Hasle-Løren, he started playing for Vålerenga where he stayed until the end of lower secondary school.
By that time, he had been scouted by the Frisk Tigers, who offered him a scholarship at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport which he accepted.