Jewish hockey player Jason Zucker, formerly of the Minnesota Wild, has been acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Zucker played his first game with his new team on Feb. 10 and scored his first two goals for the Penguins on Feb. 14.
Zucker, born in Newport Beach, California, is the son of former competitive ice skater Natalie Zucker and Scott Zucker, a general contractor who has built ice and roller rinks.
Zucker’s family moved to Las Vegas when he was an infant. He moved to Plymouth, Michigan, when he was 15 to play with the Compuware AAA Minor Midget Team. In 2010, he played in the World Juniors for Team USA, winning a gold medal. He played for the University of Denver in 2010-2011, and was drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Wild.
Zucker was traded to Pittsburgh for Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison and the Penguins’ 2020 first-round pick (lottery protected).
In the 2017 contract year, Zucker totaled 33 goals. Last season, his goals totaled 21.
He is under contract with the Penguins for three years. PJC