Jack Hughes (ice hockey, born 2001)

Jack Hughes (born May 14, 2001) is an American professional ice hockey forward for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). A product of the U.S. National Development Team, Hughes was drafted first overall by the Devils in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft,[1] a draft in which he was widely regarded as the top prospect.[2][3]

Jack Hughes
Born (2001-05-14) May 14, 2001 (age 18)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team New Jersey Devils
National team  United States
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2019
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2019–present

Playing careerEdit

While playing with the Mississauga Rebels of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Hughes applied for exceptional status to be able to enter the Canadian Hockey League a year early.[4] After his application was denied, he played his final year with the Toronto Marlboros, putting up 159 points.

After completing his minor career with the Marlboros, Hughes was drafted eighth overall by the Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League, despite his commitment to the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP).[5] Hughes kept his commitment and played with the USNTDP for the 2017–18 season. Splitting his time between the U17 and U18 team, he put up 116 points, nearly beating Auston Matthews's record.[6] At the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, Hughes was awarded the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award as the best American-born player in junior hockey.[7]

During the 2018–19 season, Hughes broke the NTDP all-time points record that was previously held by Clayton Keller. In a 12–4 win over the Green Bay Gamblers on March 15, 2019, he recorded five points to give him 190 overall. In the same game, teammate Cole Caufield broke the NTDP record for most goals.[8][9]

On June 21, 2019, at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Hughes was selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils.[1] On July 12, Hughes signed a three-year entry level contract with the Devils.[10] Hughes recorded his first career NHL point on October 17, in a game against the New York Rangers. In doing so, he became the third-youngest player in franchise history to record a point.[11] Two days later, he recorded his first career NHL goal in a 1–0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.[12]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
World Junior Championships
  2019 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2018 Russia
  2019 Sweden

In the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Hughes was selected as the tournament MVP, named to the All-star team,[13] and was chosen as the best forward of the tournament.[14] He was also the best scorer of the tournament with 12 points in 7 games.[15]

On December 23, 2018, Hughes was selected to compete at the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships alongside his brother Quinn.[16] Hughes missed three games of the tournament with an undisclosed injury but returned to the lineup in time to help Team USA beat the Czech Republic. He recorded an assist on Noah Cates's goal in his return.[17] Hughes ended the tournament with four assists as Team USA lost to Team Finland in the gold medal match. He later competed at the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championships where he broke Alexander Ovechkin's goals scored record as Team USA won a bronze medal.[18]

On May 1, 2019, Hughes was named to the senior United States roster to compete at the 2019 IIHF World Championship alongside his brother. At the age of 17, Hughes became the youngest player to represent Team USA at an IIHF World Championship.[19] On December 6, 2019, Hughes' NHL team, the New Jersey Devils, announced they would not release him to play for Team USA at the 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Hughes was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.[21] He cited his favorite player as Patrick Kane due to their similar small stature.[22] Hughes played a variety of sports growing up, including hockey and baseball.[21] His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish.[23][24]

Hughes comes from a family of ice hockey athletes. His older brother, Quinn, was drafted seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. His younger brother Luke plays minor hockey for Little Caesars 15U AAA[2] and will play on the U.S. National Development U17 Team during the 2019–20 season.[25] Their father, Jim Hughes, is a former hockey player and team captain for Providence College, an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins, and the director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.[26][27] His mother, Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, played ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer at the University of New Hampshire and, in 2012, was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame.[27] She also played for the United States women's national ice hockey team, and won a silver medal at the 1992 World Championship.[28] His uncle Marty, and his cousin, Teddy Doherty, were also both involved in ice hockey.[28] Marty last played in the British National League for the Dundee Stars,[29] and Teddy last played for the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 Toronto Marlboros GTMMHL 33 23 50 73 4
2016–17 Georgetown Raiders OJHL 9 1 2 3 2
2017–18 U.S. National Development Team USHL 27 21 33 54 10
2018–19 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 12 36 48 4
USHL totals 51 33 69 102 14


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2017 United States U17   6 5 10 15 2
2018 United States U18   7 5 7 12 2
2019 United States WJC   4 0 4 4 0
2019 United States U18   7 9 11 20 8
2019 United States WC 7th 7 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 24 19 32 51 12
Senior totals 7 0 3 3 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Ref
Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award 2018 [7]
2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Tournament MVP 2018 [13]
2018 IIHF World U18 Championships Tournament All-Star Team 2018


  1. ^ a b "Devils take Jack Hughes with No. 1 pick". USA Today. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Peters, Chris (April 5, 2018). "Meet the Hughes brothers, America's future first family of hockey". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "HockeyProspect.com's Early 2019 NHL Draft Top 31 Ranking". Hockey Prospect. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Joyce, Garce (December 26, 2018). "THE AMERICAN DREAM". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Colpitts, Iain (April 8, 2017). "Steelheads gamble on high-end talent Jack Hughes in OHL Draft". mississauga.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Peters, Chris (June 25, 2018). "Why Jack Hughes is the No. 1-ranked 2019 NHL draft prospect". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "NTDP's Jack Hughes named USA Hockey's Junior Player of the Year". mihockey.com. May 22, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jack Hughes breaks NTDP points record, Cole Caufield breaks goals record". mihockey.com. March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  9. ^ @BradGalli (March 15, 2019). "Jack Hughes picked up five assists tonight to top Clayton Keller's all-time points record at @USAHockeyNTDP. He did it on the goal his pal Cole Caufield topped the program's all-time goal record" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Devils sign first-overall pick Jack Hughes to entry-level deal". sportsnet.ca. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Mallory, Jace (October 17, 2019). "New Jersey Devils' Jack Hughes records first NHL point". sportingnews.com. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "Devils' Jack Hughes gets 1st NHL goal with brother, family watching". espn.com. October 19, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Media all stars" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Best players selected by the directorate" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Scoring leaders" (PDF).
  16. ^ Mike G. Morreale (December 23, 2018). "United States finalizes roster for World Junior Championship". NHL.com. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jack Hughes back as U.S. defeats Czechs in world junior hockey quarterfinal". Regina Leader-Post. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "NHL Draft 2019: 3 takeaways from Jack Hughes' record-breaking run at U18 World Championships". nj.com. April 29, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "Top draft prospect Jack Hughes to play for U.S. at world championship". sportsnet.ca. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "Devils won't loan Hughes to USA for WJC". tsn.ca. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Morreale, Mike G. (May 19, 2019). "Hughes, likely No. 1 pick in 2019 NHL Draft, gets big assist from family". nhl.com. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  22. ^ Fox, Luke (June 20, 2019). "Jack Hughes latest young star to turn to Patrick Kane for mentorship". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  23. ^ Fischler, Stan (June 11, 2019). "HUGHES AND KAKKO PROVIDE DRAFT DILEMMA FOR DEVILS AND RANGERS". msgnetworks.com. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jack Hughes becomes first Jewish No. 1 pick in NHL draft". Times of Israel. June 26, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "2019-2020 NTDP Under-17 Team roster announced". mihockey.com. April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  26. ^ Mullen, Liz (April 11, 2016). "CAA Hockey adds longtime coaches in staff positions to develop players". sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  27. ^ a b Krupa, Gregg (January 14, 2018). "Hockey runs deep in Hughes' family bloodline". detroitnews.com. Ann Arbor. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  28. ^ a b Olsen, Becky (December 16, 2015). "Quinn Hughes Follows in Family Footsteps with Hockey". usahockeyntdp.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "MARTY HUGHES". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  30. ^ "TEDDY DOHERTY". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved January 31, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rasmus Dahlin
NHL first overall draft pick
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ty Smith
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
Succeeded by