Darcy Tucker

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Darcy Tucker
Darcy Tucker Maple Leafs 2008.jpg
Tucker with the Maple Leafs in 2008.
Born (1975-03-15) March 15, 1975 (age 44)
Castor, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 151st overall, 1993
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19952010
Website DarcyTucker.ca

Darcy Tucker (born March 15, 1975) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. [1] He played most of his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A sixth round draft choice, Tucker began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. Throughout his NHL career he also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. Tucker was born in Castor, Alberta, but grew up in Endiang, Alberta. Tucker is of Métis descent. [2]

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

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Playing career

Tucker is one of three players, along with Tyson Nash and Ryan Huska, that were a part of all three Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup wins in 1992, 1994 and 1995. [3] In 1996, while playing for the Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League (AHL), he won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's top rookie.

Tyson Scott Nash is a former ice hockey left winger. He announced his retirement on September 11, 2008. He last played for the Nippon Paper Cranes in Japan during the 2007–08 season.

Ryan Huska is a former NHL player. He was drafted in the 3rd round, 76th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 1997–98, he played his only NHL game with the Blackhawks against the Calgary Flames. He played 5:51 in 8 shifts. As a junior player with the Kamloops Blazers, he won 3 Memorial Cups in 1992, 1994, and 1995.

Kamloops Blazers Ice hockey team

The Kamloops Blazers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team plays in the B.C. Division of the Western Conference, is based out of Kamloops, British Columbia, and play home games at the Sandman Centre.

Tucker was drafted in the sixth round, 151st overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning with Stéphane Richer and David Wilkie for Patrick Poulin, Igor Ulanov and Mick Vukota in 1998, where he played for three seasons before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000 for Mike Johnson.

Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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1993 NHL Entry Draft 1993 NHL ice hockey draft

The 1993 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26, 1993, at the Quebec Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec.

Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning compete as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club has won one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname was used on the former third jerseys. The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Tucker became notorious on Long Island during the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs after he lowbridged the New York Islanders' captain Michael Peca during Game 5 of the first round. [4] The check blew out Peca's MCL and ACL on his left knee, ending his playoff campaign and delaying his entry into the 2002–03 season. No penalty was assessed. In the 2006 off-season, the Leafs signed Peca to a one-year contract, making Tucker and Peca teammates.

Long Island Island in New York, United States of America

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The 2001–02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

New York Islanders National Hockey League franchise in Long Island, New York

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On June 24, 2008, Tucker became an unrestricted free agent after the Maple Leafs bought-out the remainder of his contract, paying Tucker $1 million per year over six years. [5] On July 1, 2008, he signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. [6]

Colorado Avalanche Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

On October 1, 2010, as a free agent just prior to the 2010–11 season, Tucker announced his retirement from professional hockey after 14 seasons in the NHL. [7] He remained around the game as a player agent. [8]

Personal

In 1998, Tucker married Shannon Corson, the sister of former NHL player Shayne Corson. Shayne and Tucker were teammates on the Maple Leafs for three seasons, and Tucker frequently helped him deal with his panic attacks. [9] Tucker and his wife have two sons, Cole and Cain, and a daughter, Owynn.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Tucker with the Avalanche in 2009. Darcy Tucker.jpg
Tucker with the Avalanche in 2009.
Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1991–92 Kamloops Blazers WHL 263101342901116
1992–93 Kamloops BlazersWHL6731588915513761334
1993–94 Kamloops BlazersWHL665288140143199182743
1994–95 Kamloops BlazersWHL646473137942116153119
1995–96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 742964931747731014
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30000
1996–97 Montreal CanadiensNHL737132011040000
1997–98 Montreal CanadiensNHL3915657
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL35681489
1998–99 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82212243176
1999–00 Tampa Bay LightningNHL50142034108
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL2771017551242615
2000–01 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL82162137141110226
2001–02 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL77243559921744838
2002–03 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7710263611960336
2003–04 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL64211132681220214
2005–06 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL74283361100
2006–07 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5624194381
2007–08 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL74181634100
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL63881667
2009–10 Colorado AvalancheNHL711014244760002
NHL totals94721526147614106810112181

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1995 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg70440
Junior totals70440

Awards

AwardYear
WHL
West First All-Star Team 1993–94, 1994–95
Memorial Cup All-Star Team1993–94, 1994–95
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 1993–94
CHL First All-Star Team1993–94
AHL
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 1995–96 [10]

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