Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Tucker
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Windsor Legionnaires Minor-ON 58 107 94 201
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 67 16 32 48 32 15 2 3 5 2
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 0 0 0 6
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 70 60 80 140 33 11 5 9 14 10
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers OHL 39 40 60 100 25 12 12 18 30 8
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 21 12 4 16 4 +2 3 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 4 2 4 6 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 22 27 49 21 +6 5 1 5 6 0
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 31 34 65 39 0
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 17 34 51 21 -3
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 19 19 38 20 +4 6 7 3 10 18
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 13 31 44 31 -5 3 0 3 3 0
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 1 2 3 2 -3
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 38 9 19 28 10 +11 12 1 7 8 4
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 1 3 4 4 0
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 20 3 4 7 4 -1
1991-92 HC Asiago Alpenliga 18 17 34 51 4
1991-92 HC Asiago Italy 18 16 21 37 6 11 7 13 20 15
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 78 17 39 56 69 -12
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 17 23 40 28 +9
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 12 13 25 14 -10
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 3 7 10 18 -8 2 0 0 0 2
1996-97 HC Milano 24 Alpenliga 30 12 29 41 88
1996-97 HC Milano EuroHL 4 0 1 1 6
1996-97 HC Fassa Italy 20 11 16 27
1997-98 Kapfenberger SV Alpenliga 17 4 8 12
1997-98 Kokudo Keikado Toyko Japan 39 27 47 74 53
1998-99 Kokudo Keikado Toyko Japan 23 21 20 41 30
1999-00 Kokudo Keikado Toyko Japan 24 14 22 36 4 6 3 9 12
NHL Totals 656 177 259 436 285 31 10 18 28 24


OHL First All-Star Team (1984)
OHL MVP (1984)
Traded to Washington by Buffalo for future considerations, January 5, 1990. Traded to Buffalo by Washington for cash, July 3, 1990. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for future considerations, January 21, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 5, 1992.