Ryan Jarromie Noel Nugent-Hopkins (born April 12, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Nuge" by Oilers fans, Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers.jpg
Nugent-Hopkins with the Edmonton Oilers in February 2022
Born (1993-04-12) April 12, 1993 (age 31)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre / left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL draft 1st overall, 2011
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2011–present

Playing career


Nugent-Hopkins played minor ice hockey for the Burnaby Winter Club in his hometown while attending Burnaby North Secondary. He played in the 2005 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with Burnaby,[1] and led his team to a quarter-final berth, and later in the season captured a provincial championship.[2] He was the captain of the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins when he was drafted first overall in the 2008 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels.[3] In 2007 and 2008, he played in the Western Canada Bantam Championships. The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins captured the gold medal in 2007 and the silver medal in 2008. Nugent-Hopkins was named the tournament MVP in 2008.[2] After being drafted, Nugent-Hopkins played midget hockey for the Vancouver NW Giants during the 2008–09 season. During the 2008 Mac's AAA midget hockey tournament, Nugent-Hopkins was named the Tournament MVP[4] and earned a spot on the All-Star Team.[5] Nugent-Hopkins was named the 2008 BC Minor Hockey Player of the Year, in recognition of his sportsmanship, leadership and hockey skill.[6]


Nugent-Hopkins with the Red Deer Rebels in October 2010

Nugent-Hopkins made his WHL debut with the Rebels as an underage player during the 2008–09 WHL season wearing #29. He played in five games, scoring two goals and adding four assists.[7] During the 2009–10 season, Nugent-Hopkins played in 67 games, scoring 24 goals and adding 41 assists while wearing #9.[7] He was awarded the WHL rookie of the year award.[6] He was also a finalist for the CHL Rookie of the Year Award, but lost to Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes.[citation needed]

In their pre-season rankings for the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, the International Scouting Service ranked Nugent-Hopkins sixth overall, the second highest WHL player after Vancouver Giants defenceman David Musil.[8] E. J. McGuire, the Director of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, said of Nugent-Hopkins, "He's got great skill and a knack for offense,"[6] while Cam Moon, the Rebels' play-by-play announcer, called him the best player the team had ever seen.[9]



Edmonton Oilers (2011–present)


On June 24, 2011, Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. On July 2, 2011, he agreed to terms with the Oilers on a three-year NHL entry-level contract.[10]

He played his first game for the Oilers in the team's first game of the 2011–12 season on October 9, a shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-tying goal with less than five minutes remaining against Brent Johnson for the only Oilers tally in regulation. He also blocked two shots and was named the game's third star by sportswriters and broadcasters. In his third NHL game, on October 15, 2011, he scored his first NHL hat-trick in a losing cause against the Vancouver Canucks, setting a new NHL record for the earliest career hat-trick for a first overall pick.[11][12] He also set a new Oilers record for the earliest career hat trick in fewest career games, breaking Gord Sherven's record from 1984 by a margin of two games.[11][12]

On November 2, 2011, Hopkins was named Rookie of the Month for October.[13] On December 1, 2011, it was announced that Nugent-Hopkins was November's NHL Rookie of the Month, earning him the honour for the first two months of the year. He was only the second player to accomplish this feat, after Evgeni Malkin in 2007.

On November 19, 2011, Nugent-Hopkins recorded five assists against the Chicago Blackhawks, with a final score of 9–2, becoming the first 18-year-old in NHL history to do so. He was also only the fourth 18-year-old player ever to record five points in a single season game.[14]

It was announced that Nugent-Hopkins would have been playing in the all-star game if he was healthy.[15] Despite missing 20 games in his first NHL season, Nugent-Hopkins tied Gabriel Landeskog for most points by a rookie (Landeskog had 22 goals and 30 assists, while Nugent-Hopkins had 18 goals and 34 assists).[citation needed]

On April 23, 2012, Nugent-Hopkins was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy along with Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche – the eventual winner – and Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils.[16]

Nugent-Hopkins at the Oilers' training camp, September 2014.

At the end of the 2012–13 season, it was announced that Nugent-Hopkins would require shoulder surgery in the off-season.[17] On September 19, 2013, Nugent-Hopkins agreed to a seven-year extension with the Oilers worth $42 million with a $6 million per year cap hit.[18] During the 2014–15 season, Nugent-Hopkins was selected to play in the 2015 NHL All-Star game.[19]

During the 2017–18 season Nugent-Hopkins was injured and was initially said to be out for five to six weeks.[20] He returned to the lineup in March, almost a month and a half after the initial injury.[21] Shortly after his return, nearing the end of the 2018 season, Nugent-Hopkins was developed into a left winger, to help with teammate Connor McDavid’s line.[22] Despite his line's success, the Oilers failed to make the postseason. He ended the season with 48 points in 62 games. On April 23, 2018, Nugent-Hopkins was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the player that best exemplifies leadership qualities and has given back to his community.[23]

The 2018–19 season was statistically Nugent-Hopkins' best to date, with career highs in goals (28) and assists (41), for 69 points in 82 games.[24] However, this came in the midst of another poor season for the Oilers that saw both coach Todd McLellan and general manager Peter Chiarelli sacked midway through the season.[25][26] The team missed the playoffs again.[27]

The 2019–20 season saw Nugent-Hopkins nearly equal his prior season highs in 65 games before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely concluded it. When the NHL returned to play that July for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, to be held in a bubble in Toronto and Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins was one of 31 skaters that the Oilers took into their quarantine bubble.[28] As the fifth-ranked team in the Western Conference at the time of the halt to the regular season, the Oilers played in a qualifying round against the Chicago Blackhawks, a team they had been expected to beat. However, the team struggled, noticeably lacking in scoring from players other than Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and Nugent-Hopkins, and were eliminated 3–1 in the series by the Blackhawks. Nugent-Hopkins managed 2 goals and 6 assists in four postseason games.[29]

In light of pandemic restrictions on cross-border travel, the NHL temporarily realigned its structure for the 2020–21 season, with all Canadian teams playing in the North Division and interdivisional play suspended.[30] Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers enjoyed a strong season in this new format, and advanced into the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs for a series against the Winnipeg Jets. They were unexpectedly swept by the Jets in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, with Nugent-Hopkins recording one goal and one assist in the four-game series.[31] Following the end of the season, Nugent-Hopkins opted to forgo free agency and signed an eight-year, $41 million contract extension with the Oilers.[32]

The 2021–22 season saw further tumult among the Oilers organization throughout the season, which saw coach Dave Tippett replaced midseason after a strong start fell off sharply and endangered the Oilers' chances at a playoff spot. Tippett was replaced by with Jay Woodcroft, previously the coach of the Oilers AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors.[33][34] Nugent-Hopkins scored 11 goals and 39 assists over the course of the season, notably finding success later in the season when Woodcroft paired him with Warren Foegele and Derek Ryan.[35] The Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and drew the Calgary Flames in the second round, the first playoff "Battle of Alberta" in 31 years.[36] Nugent-Hopkins distinguished himself in Game 4 of the series, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, to push the Flames to the brink of elimination.[37] The Oilers qualified to the Western Conference Final for the first time in Nugent-Hopkins' career, but were swept by the Colorado Avalanche. He finished the postseason with 6 goals and 8 assists in 16 games.[38]

Nugent-Hopkins scored his 200th career goal, the game-winner, in an October 26, 2022, victory over the St. Louis Blues.[39] the 2022–23 season proved to be his most successful to date, and on April 5, 2023, he crossed the 100-point threshold for the first time in his career. Joining teammates McDavid and Draisaitl, who had accomplished the same feat earlier, the Oilers became the first team since the 1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins to have three players accumulate 100 points or more. Nugent-Hopkins admitted afterward "I never really thought I'd I get it, to be honest."[40]

International play

Nugent-Hopkins playing for Team Canada in 2012
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2010 Slovakia

Nugent-Hopkins started his experience with Hockey Canada by representing Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He finished the tournament with one goal and four assists in five games.[41] Team Pacific finished the tournament in fifth place.[2] He had the chance to represent Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in Slovakia during the summer. He served as an alternate captain on the team, and scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against the United States.[42][43] Nugent-Hopkins finished the tournament as Canada's leading scorer with five goals and two assists in five games.[44] He was also selected to play for the WHL team in the 2010 Subway Super Series.[45] During the 2010–11 season, Nugent-Hopkins was invited to try out at Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp,[46][47] but was amongst the final players cut.[48] Nugent-Hopkins also competed for Canada at the 2012 WHC, where Canada finished in a disappointing fifth place. Due to the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Nugent-Hopkins was able to join the Canadian junior team to compete in the 2013 World Juniors and was subsequently named team captain.[49] He led the tournament in scoring with 15 points in six games, but the team was ultimately unable to medal. Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists in a 6–5 overtime loss against Russia in the bronze medal game. The loss ended Canada's 14-year medal streak in the annual world junior tournament.[citation needed]

Nugent-Hopkins was a member of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,[50] playing on a line with Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon.[citation needed]

Nugent-Hopkins and teammates Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse were named to the Team Canada's 2018 IIHF World Championship roster.[51]

Personal life


Nugent-Hopkins' parents are Roger Hopkins and Deb Nugent. He has one older brother, Adam Nugent-Hopkins, and one half-brother, Rick Hopkins.[52]

He was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, and attended Suncrest Elementary School, and Burnaby North Secondary School, where he participated in the school's hockey academy.[2] Nugent-Hopkins then switched to Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer while playing junior hockey in the Alberta city, which he attended for grades 11 to 12 and graduated from.[53]

Nugent-Hopkins married Breanne Windle in 2019. The couple welcomed their first child in 2023.[54]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Red Deer Rebels WHL 5 2 4 6 0
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 24 41 65 28 4 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 69 31 75 106 51 9 4 7 11 6
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 34 52 16
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 19 8 12 20 6
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 4 20 24 8
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 19 37 56 26
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 24 32 56 25
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 12 22 34 18
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 18 25 43 29 13 0 4 4 2
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 24 24 48 20
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 28 41 69 26
2019–20 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 22 39 61 33 4 2 6 8 0
2020–21 Edmonton Oilers NHL 52 16 19 35 22 4 1 1 2 0
2021–22 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 11 39 50 16 16 6 8 14 14
2022–23 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 37 67 104 35 12 1 10 11 4
2023–24 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 18 49 67 36
NHL totals 881 251 448 699 310 49 10 29 39 20


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada IH18   5 5 2 7 6
2012 Canada WC 5th 8 4 2 6 4
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 4 11 15 4
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 1 2 3 2
2018 Canada WC 4th 10 5 3 8 2
Junior totals 11 9 13 22 10
Senior totals 21 10 7 17 8

Awards and honours

Award Year
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy 2009–10 [55]
NHL Rookie of the Month (October) 2011–12 [56]
NHL Rookie of the Month (November) 2011–12 [57]
All-Rookie Team 2012
NHL All-Star Game 2015 [19]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Preceded by NHL first overall draft pick
Succeeded by
Preceded by Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by