NORTH YORK, ONT – The North York Rangers are pleased to announce that forward Jesse Tucker has committed to Lake Superior State University of the NCAA..
Tucker, 18, had an incredible OJHL rookie season, leading the Rangers in points with 50 in 52 games. Tucker was the fourth-highest scoring player under the age of 18 in the entire league and posted three points in North York’s first-round playoff series against the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, a series that wrapped up in North York’s favour last Monday.
Tucker joined the Rangers after spending last year with North York’s midget team, earning 13 regular season games with the club before getting a full-time role for the playoffs. Tucker made his OJHL debut with the Newmarket Hurricanes in 2016, He would score his first career OJHL goal with the Hurricanes in his league debut against Trenton on March 2nd, 2016, a sign of things to come for the star forward. Tucker’s twin brother, Tyler, also played in two games with the Hurricanes and is currently in his second full season with the OHL’s Barrie Colts.
Outside of the Rangers this year, Tucker also played in the CJHL Top Prospects Game and the CJHL Eastern Canada Cup Challenge, a big honour for a rookie in the OJHL.
Tucker is the second Ranger to commit to an NCAA school in the past week, with Noah Jordan committing to Miami University for next season. Tucker is also the seventh current Ranger to commit to an NCAA school, following in the footsteps of Jordan, Joey Maziarz (Mercyhurst), Harrison Rees (Connecticut), Nick Campoli (Clarkson), Peter Muzyka (Cornell) and Noah Robinson (SUNY-Canton, Division III).
We would like to congratulate Jesse on the major achievement and can’t wait to see what’s next in your career!
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