Mats Zuccarello
Mats Zuccarello rangers 2011-02-13.JPG
Born September 1 1987 (1987-09-01) (age 32),
Oslo, Norway
5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
161 lb (73 kg; 11 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Rangers
Frisk Asker
Modo Hockey
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Ntl. team Flag of Norway Norway
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Mats André Zuccarello Aasen (born September 1, 1987) is a Norwegian professional ice hockey winger. He currently plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to joining the NHL he played for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League. In 2010, he won the Guldhjälmen (Golden Helmet), which is awarded annually to the most valuable player in the Swedish Hockey League.

Early lifeEdit

Zuccarello grew up in the suburbs of Løren in Grorud Valley, Oslo. He is of Sicilian[1] and Norwegian ancestry.[2]

At five-years-old, he started playing hockey in Hasle-Løren. 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 Asker, who offered him a scholarship at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport, which he accepted.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Norway and SwedenEdit

Zuccarello began playing full-time for Frisk 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, Zuccarrello helped the Tigers to the best regular season record in the league. Zucarello 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. Zuccarello 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, Zuccarello signed with Modo Hockey of the Elitserien, Sweden's premier league. In his first season with Modo, he ranked third in team scoring with 40 points in 35 games. The following season, he 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 RangersEdit

In the summer of 2010, he 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/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, Marián Gáborík.[4] He 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. Zuccarello 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, Zuccarello scored in the shootout against Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis. The Rangers lost the game 4–3. Though he was reassigned to the Whale immediately after the game,[5] the Rangers recalled him once more for their next game on December 27, 2010 against the New York Islanders.[6] He earned his first NHL assist during the contest,[7] tying defenceman Anders Myrvold for the Norwegian player with the fewest number of games played before recording an NHL point.[8] The Rangers won the game 7–2. Nine days later in his sixth game, Zuccarello 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.[9] On April 1, 2011 he was reassigned to Connecticut after playing 41 games for the Rangers.[10]

On April 13, 2011, Zuccarello became only the second Norwegian to take part in NHL postseason action when the New York Rangers lost 2–1 against the Washington Capitals.[11]

Metallurg MagnitogorskEdit

On June 1, 2012 Zuccarello confirmed that he had signed a two-year deal with the KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.[12] However, he returned to the NHL and the Rangers after the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Return to RangersEdit

On March 28, 2013 Zuccarello agreed to terms on a 1 year deal with the New York Rangers, the club he left at the end of the 11-12 season.[13] Zuccarello played in the last 15 games of the 2012-13 campaign, helping the Rangers reach the NHL postseason. He played in all 12 Ranger playoff games, tallying his first playoff goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.[14]

Zuccarello re-signed with the Rangers at the end of the 2012-2013 season for a deal of 1 year at $1.15 million.[15] The 2013-2014 season was a breakout season for Zuccarello. He tallied career highs in goals, assists, and team high in points. His all around game also took a step forward, establishing himself as a hard worker, and ability to get under the skin of his opponents. His work was recognized by being awarded the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. He also became the first Norwegian to participate in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On July 22, 2014, Zuccarello agreed to a 1 year deal with the Rangers worth $3.5 million.[16]

International playEdit

Zuccarello 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. Zuccarello represented Norway in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Frisk Tigers GET 10000
2005–06 Frisk Tigers GET 2153812 40002
2006–07 Frisk Tigers GET 4334255936 74482
2007–08 Frisk Tigers GET 3324406448 1512152724
2008–09 Modo Hockey SEL 3512284038
2009–10 Modo Hockey SEL 5523416462
2010–11 Connecticut Whale AHL 3613162916 21124
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 42617234 10002
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 3712243622
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 102136
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 4411172830 722410
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 153588 121674
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 7719405932 25581320
GET totals 98636813196 2616193528
SEL totals 903569104100
NHL totals 14430639350 386142026

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Norway Jr. WJC U18 60228
2005 Norway Jr. WJC U18 (D1) 52356
2006 Norway Jr. WJC 60224
2007 Norway Jr. WJC (D1) 52572
2008 Norway WC 71012
2009 Norway WC 63038
2010 Norway Oly 41232
2010 Norway WC 63142
2014 Norway Oly 30002
Junior totals 224121620
Senior totals 26831116


  1. Intervista all’italo norvegese Mats Zuccarello : HockeyTime
  2. Råve, Geir. "Färjestad sikler på Zuccarello Aasen", ABC Nyheter, February 6, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-10-07. (Norwegian) 
  3. Fossheim, Kenneth. "Guttedrømmen går i oppfyllelse", June 11, 2010. Retrieved on December 23, 2010. (Norwegian) 
  4. Cerny, J.. "Zuccarello getting first shot at NHL", New York Rangers, December 22, 2010. Retrieved on December 22, 2010. 
  5. "Zuccarello returned to Connecticut", New York Rangers, December 23, 2010. Retrieved on December 24, 2010. 
  6. Zuccarello returns to Rangers roster. New York Rangers (December 27, 2010). Retrieved on December 24, 2010.
  7. NY Rangers 7, NY Islanders 2. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  8. Olasveengen, F. Norwegian NHL-records. NIHF. Retrieved on 2010-12-29.
  9. Podell, I. (January 5, 2011). Zuccarello’s OT goal lifts Rangers over Hurricanes. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  10. Zuccarello assigned to Whale. Retrieved on 2011-04-01.
  11. Corey Masisak (April 14, 2011). Semin's OT goal lifts Caps past Rangers, 2–1. Retrieved on 2011-04-14.
  12. «Zucca» forlater Rangers - Sport
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  16. Rangers, Zuccarello agree on one-year, $3.5m deal (July 22, 2014). Retrieved on July 22, 2014.

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