Darcy Tucker, a native of Endiang, Alberta, played 947 regular season and 68
playoff games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens,
Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche. Tucker
scored 215 goals and had 261 assists for 476 points in the NHL, along with
1,410 penalty minutes. Tucker was the epitome of an agitator in the NHL, a
player players hated to play against but wished to have play on their team.
Not a big man at 5'10" 180 pounds, Tucker played a big man game throughout
his Major Junior Career and his professional career in the National Hockey
League, delivering colossal hits, fighting anyone he had to despite his size
or their size, and in the process antagonizing opposing teams while
inspiring his own.
Tucker played on the legendary Kamloops Blazers teams of the 1990s and was captain of the team in the 1994-95 season. Darcy Tucker is one of four players in the 90 year history of Major Junior Ice Hockey to have won three Memorial Cups, the championship of Major Junior Ice Hockey in Canada. Those Memorial Cups were won in 1992 (in Seattle, Washington), 1994 (in Laval, P.Q.) and 1995 (in Kamloops, B.C.). Tucker was listed by the Kamloops Blazers in 1992 after Kamloops General Manager Bob Brown watched a videotape of him, never having seen Tucker play in a live game prior to that time. In 1995 Tucker also won a World Junior Championship Gold Medal while representing Canada, in the World Junior Championships in Calgary.
Darcy Tucker was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, 151st Overall. Always told he was too small and not fast enough, Tucker overcame these perceived obstacles and became a consummate professional ice hockey player who could play it any way you wanted - physical, skilled, defensive, offensive. In his first professional season in the American Hockey League he won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Trophy and scored 93 points in 74 games. The following season he stuck with the Montreal Canadiens where he played for two seasons and then was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998. In 2000 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for whom he played for nine seasons. In 2008 Tucker was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Tucker had six twenty goal seasons in the National Hockey League including a career-high 28 goals in the 2005-2006 season playing in 74 games.
Tucker was an icon in the greater Toronto area during his nine seasons with the Maple Leafs, as he became a fan favorite for his energetic and physical play, and his ability to agitate at the highest level while still being a consistent and effective offensive contributor. Tucker has been active in local charities in Toronto, and has been an inspirational speaker for many major corporations in Canada, including IBM Canada. Tucker has had guest television appearances on two Canadian comedy programs, the Sean Cullen Show and Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Announcing his retirement from the National Hockey League on October 1, 2010, Darcy Tucker also revealed that he had joined forces with his agent of eighteen years (his entire career), Carlos Sosa and together they have formed a new sports representation business, Turning Point Sports Management LLC. This business shall be based out of Auburn, Washington, Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario. In January of 2011, Darcy Tucker was certified and approved by the National Hockey League Players Association to act as a Certified NHLPA Agent. Tucker currently resides in the greater Toronto area where he resides with his wife Shannon and three children Owynn, Cole and Cain.