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Jason Zucker of the NHL Minnesota Wild grew up playing ice and roller hockey in Las Vegas….

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“Jason Zucker writes “mom” and “dad” on every stick just under the initials of his friend, Nick Schaefer, who died in 2010 at the age of 19 in a car accident. Tattooed on Zucker’s chest is “Game Time,” a funny saying Schaefer used to say. Tattooed on Zucker’s left wrist is the autograph of a young boy named Tucker who Zucker befriended before Tucker died of a rare form of bone cancer in 2016.”

— Michael Russo, writing in The Athletic – the great new sports website (we are a subscriber, Lee). When Jason visited Tucker, age 8, in the hospital they talked hockey. The unforgettable Tucker said he was Jason’s biggest fan and advised him to ‘Shoot More.