A natural offensive talent, John Tucker played over 650 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. He provided a host of assists and timely goals for four different clubs during his dozen years in the league.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Tucker played junior hockey with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers. He was taken 31st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team after scoring 40 goals in only 39 games in 1983-84. That same year, he was recalled by Buffalo and scored 12 goals in 21 games.
The gifted sharpshooter was a consistent scorer and dangerous threat on the power play for two years before he was slowed by injuries in the late '80s. He played briefly with the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders and, when it appeared his NHL days were over, he joined the Asiago club of Italy in 1991-92. Tucker returned to the league with the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992-93 and was a solid scorer for parts of four years. He then headed overseas to play for Milano in 1996-97 and the Kokudo club of Tokyo the next three years.