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NHL to Drop Packs for '22-'23 Season | Japanese Navy

Evelyn Flick

N.EW YORK — October is a busy month for US sports fans. The MLB playoffs begin, the NBA season begins, the NFL season kicks off, and both the women’s and men’s professional soccer leagues begin their postseasons.

Jack Hughes, Quinn Hughes, Zach Hyman, Adam Fox. (Getty Images via JTA)

Another milestone may be hidden under a news headline. It’s the beginning of the NHL season. The first puck was dropped at a game between the Nashville Predators and San Jose his Sharks in Prague on October 7. (The first in-state game he started on Oct. 11.)

Another phenomenon that has not been widely addressed is the league’s current large number of Jewish hockey players. The same goes for this upcoming season — Who’s Here?

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils, center

Not everything went according to plan for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft last season. After scoring multiple goals in the first game of the season, including an extra-time game winner, Hughes dislocated his shoulder in the following game and was off the ice for six weeks.

Then, in April, an MCL injury ended his sophomore season early, with 13 games remaining. “We haven’t done a lot in this league yet,” Hughes told Hockey News in August.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to expect the rising star to reach his superstar potential.

Another exciting nugget: Jack’s brother Luke could join him on the Devils next season. Luke was the 4th overall pick by the Devils last year and is playing his sophomore season at the University of Michigan Meanwhile, they are already showing momentum on the world stage as a member of the NCAA and the United States in 2022. International Junior Championship team.

Jack and Luke (and older brother Quinn, see below) were born to Jewish mothers and Catholic fathers.

Their upbringing was mostly secular, but the Hughes family celebrated Passover and Jack had a bar mitzvah.

Jack Hughes’ first NHL regular season game was on October 13 when the Devils faced the Philadelphia Flyers.

quinn hughes, vancouver canucks, defense

Is it possible to discuss one of the Hughes brothers without discussing all of them? Absolutely not.
Last season, his brother Quinn Hughes set a Canucks franchise record with a whopping 68 points defended. He scored just eight of those points, but Quinn cemented his position as a top-notch playmaker.

Zach Hyman, Edmonton Oilers, Forward

After six years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, forward Zach Hyman signed with the Edmonton Oilers last summer and has never looked back. The left winger has had a brilliant run in his 2021-2022 season, scoring a career-high 27 goals and his 54 in 76 appearances.

He wears number 18 for a reason. “I’m Jewish. In Judaism, 18 is a lucky number. It’s chai, which means ‘life’ in Hebrew,” he told The Athletic last year.

Hyman hails from a Jewish family in Toronto and attended school at Toronto’s Community Hebrew Academy. In 2013, he represented Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he won a gold medal.

At the final Hanukkah, Zak lit a giant menorah with Edmonton’s Jewish community and told Athletic in February that it’s important to speak out against anti-Semitism.

adam fox, new york rangers, defense

Adam Fox wasn’t the best defenseman in the NHL in 2022, but the 2021 Norris Trophy winner did pretty well in the 2021-2022 season. The New York Rangers’ D-Man scored 74 points in his 78 games, including his 5 goals and his 23 points in the playoffs, scoring 11 goals.

So far in the preseason, Fox has been wearing an ‘A’ on his jersey (indicating he’s acting captain) and could be in the mix to boost his leadership this season. It provokes speculation.

A native of Jericho, New York, Fox grew up in the Jewish community of Long Island and attended the nearby Jericho Jewish Center, a conservative synagogue. He had a hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah.

“Long Island has a lot of Jewish residents, so it’s great for me to represent that community,” Fox told the JTA last year. And to have people where I come from look up to me… I definitely think it’s pretty special.”

Jason Zucker, Pittsburgh Penguins, Forward

In the 2021-2022 season, Jason Zucker appeared to aggravate a core injury that required surgery in 2017. By December, he was away from practices and games. He underwent another surgery in early 2022 and returned in March, but he missed a few more games after hitting the board.

After a summer of rest and rehab, Zucker appears to be on an arc of redemption. On September 25, he helped the Penguins open the preseason by scoring a game-winning goal against Columbus his Blues his jackets and looking fast and healthy on the ice.

Zucker never had a Bar Mitzvah, but he still works with Jewish traditions and holidays. “I used to make virtual candelabra lights with his family when we were playing in juniors and college,” he explained to the Penguin website.

jacob chiklun, arizona coyotes, defense

A good way to measure a player’s talent and value is who queues up to trade him when he wants to move away from the team he’s on. Several teams have expressed interest in the 24-year-old former first-round draft pick, whose stocks are rising.

And he clearly wants to win.

“It’s a very short career, time flies by, seven years in the NHL. It’s just crazy,” he said. “I don’t want you to continue 10, 12 years without a chance to win the Stanley Cup, let alone the playoffs.”

Chiklung, who was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father, told he grew up in an interfaith home.

mark friedman, pittsburgh penguins, defense

After years of competing for playing time, 2022 could be Mark Friedman’s breakout season. seemed to have a better shot at a good starting defensive spot (although Friedman is only 26). Friedman appeared in just his 16 games in his first three seasons in the NHL, but last year he appeared in 26 games and even made the playoffs.

“I had to fight for[ice time]for the rest of my life,” he told Pittsburgh Hockey Now. .”

A native of Toronto who loves Bab cooking, he grew up attending a Hebrew language school in the lower grades of elementary school.

Friedman told the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle last year, “It’s great to be in a Jewish family.” It’s definitely cool when people ask about it.