Darcy Tucker

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Darcy Tucker
Tucker with the Maple Leafs in 2008.
Born (1975-03-15) March 15, 1975 (age 43)
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]

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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.

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.

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.

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]

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.
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 1st, gold medalist(s)70440
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]

References

  1. "Metis".
  2. "National Hockey League embraces aboriginals - Indian Country Media Network". indiancountrymedianetwork.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  3. "Tyson Nash". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
  4. Split reference:
    • "Game five" reference: "Leafs, Isles go into Game 6 without captains". CBC Sports. 2002-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
    • "Notorious hit" reference: "Tucker keeping quiet about Islanders". CBC Sports. 2003-03-18. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  5. "Maple Leafs: Darcy Tucker's salary finally off the books".
  6. "Colorado signs Tucker". Slam Sports. 2008-07-01. Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  7. "Darcy Tucker announces retirement". The Globe and Mail . 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  8. "Darcy Tucker is just one of the dads at the OHL combine".
  9. Kennedy, Kostya (October 22, 2001). "Brotherly Love". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on July 29, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  10. "Dudley Red Garrett Memorial Award". American Hockey League . May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2014.