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Zachary Aston-Reese (born August 10, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Zach Aston-Reese
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Aston-Reese with the Penguins in 2018.
Born (1994-08-10) August 10, 1994 (age 25)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

Prior to turning professional, Aston-Reese played for Northeastern University. He was named a Hobey Baker hat trick finalist, Hockey East First-Team All-Star, and won Hockey East Player of the Year.

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Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

While playing for the New Jersey Rockets of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) during the 2010-11 season, Aston-Reese also appeared in the United States Hockey League (USHL). He played two games for the Des Moines Buccaneers, as well as 25 games for the Lincoln Stars.

Aston-Reese joined the Stars full-time for the 2011-12 season. In 53 games, he recorded 5 goals and 10 assists.

After one more season with the Stars, Aston-Reese joined the Division 1 Northeastern Huskies. He played for the club for four seasons. During the 2015-16 season, the Huskies won the Hockey East Tournament championship.[1]

The following season, Aston-Reese was named to the Hockey East First All-Star Team, NCAA Division 1 First All-American Team, and the Hockey East Player of the Year.[2]

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

On March 14, 2017, Aston-Reese (as an undrafted player) signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3] He joined the Penguins American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the remainder of the season, recording eight points in ten games.

Aston-Reese started the 2017–18 season in the minors, but made his NHL debut on February 3, 2018 against the New Jersey Devils.[4] He recorded his first two NHL goals in a 6–3 win over the Ottawa Senators on February 13.[5] On February 27, Aston-Reese suffered an upper-body injury during practice.[6] He returned to the Penguins' lineup on March 27 after missing 13 games.[7] Aston-Reese made his postseason debut on April 11, 2018 against the Philadelphia Flyers.[8] On April 18, he recorded his first career playoff point, assisting on a goal by Riley Sheahan.[9] During Game 3 of Round 2 against the Washington Capitals, Aston-Reese was checked by Tom Wilson, resulting in a broken jaw and a concussion.[10] Wilson was suspended three playoff games for the hit.[11]

Prior to the beginning of the 2018–19 season, Aston-Reese was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.[12] However, he was called to the NHL on November 6, after he recorded six goals in 11 games.[13] Aston-Reese managed to score six goals and eleven points in his next thirty games, but he broke his hand in a game against the Florida Panthers on January 8, 2019.[14]

On July 22, 2019, the Penguins re-signed Aston-Reese to a two-year, $2 million contract extension.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

His father is William Sr. and his mother is Carolyn née Buckheit. He has two older siblings: a sister and a brother named William Jr.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 36 13 20 33 31 4 3 0 3 12
2010–11 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 25 9 20 29 65
2010–11 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 2 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Lincoln Stars USHL 25 2 3 5 4 1 0 0 0 5
2011–12 Lincoln Stars USHL 35 5 10 15 69 8 1 2 3 8
2012–13 Lincoln Stars USHL 60 9 21 30 113 5 2 3 5 4
2013–14 Northeastern University HE 35 8 11 19 22
2014–15 Northeastern University HE 31 13 10 23 60
2015–16 Northeastern University HE 41 14 29 43 28
2016–17 Northeastern University HE 38 31 32 63 72
2016–17 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 3 5 8 7
2017–18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 41 9 20 29 49
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 4 2 6 2 9 0 1 1 4
2018–19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 6 3 9 18
2018–19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 8 9 17 26 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 59 12 11 23 28 13 0 1 1 4

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2012
College
HE Second All-Star Team 2016 [17]
HE All-Tournament Team 2016
HE First All-Star Team 2017 [18]
HE Player of the Year 2017
New England MVP 2017 [17]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2016–17 [19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WEEKLY RELEASE: NORTHEASTERN WINS 2016 HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT TITLE". Hockey East Online. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Zach Aston-Reese headlines 2017 Hockey East honors". Northeastern Huskies. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Mackey, Jason (March 14, 2017). "Penguins sign coveted college free agent Zach Aston-Reese to two-year deal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Philadelphia. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Penguins Recall Forward Zach Aston-Reese". NHL.com. Pittsburgh Penguins. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Guentzel and Aston-Reese lead Pens past Sens". cbc.ca. February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Coach Sullivan on Aston-Reese: "Zach was not a healthy scratch last night yesterday he got hurt in practice." Coach adds that it is an upper-body injury and that he will be out "longer term"". Twitter. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Welcome back to the lineup, @zreese11!". Twitter. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Lesko, Ty (April 26, 2018). "Many Pens debuted in Wednesday's Game 1 victory". NHL.com. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "pit-vs-phi gamecenter". nhl.com. April 18, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Sachdeva, Sonny (May 1, 2018). "Capitals' Wilson knocks Penguins' Aston-Reese out of Game 3 with high hit". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Capitals' Tom Wilson gets 3 games for hit on Penguins' Aston-Reese". CBC.ca. May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Penguins Assign Aston-Reese and Trotman to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton". NHL.com. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  13. ^ McCay, Jason (November 6, 2018). "Full of confidence, Zach Aston-Reese to return to NHL club". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Mackey, Jason (January 12, 2019). "Amid turnaround, Penguins gaining confidence as road warriors". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Penguins Re-Sign Forward Zach Aston-Reese to a Two-Year Contract". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  16. ^ Crechiolo, Michelle (August 9, 2017). "Getting to Know: Zach Aston-Reese". NHL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Zach Aston-Reese". gonu.com. Northeastern Huskies. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "ZACH ASTON-REESE HEADLINES 2017 HOCKEY EAST HONORS". gonu.com. Boston: Northeastern Huskies. March 16, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  19. ^ "2016–2017 All-American Team". The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved June 21, 2017.

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