Quinn Hughes

Quintin Hughes (born October 14, 1999) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hughes was drafted 7th overall by the Canucks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to the draft, he was considered a top prospect player.

Quinn Hughes
Hughes with the Michigan Wolverines in 2018
Born (1999-10-14) October 14, 1999
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Vancouver Canucks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2018
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2019present

Following success with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Hughes joined the University of Michigan for the 2017–18 season. There he set a new record for most assists by a Michigan freshman defenseman and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten Second Team.

Internationally, Hughes has represented the United States at the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He made his senior national debut for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship where he helped them win bronze.

Playing career

Early career

Born in Orlando, Florida, Hughes began playing hockey while his family was living in Boston due to his father's work.[1] He began playing as a forward before transitioning to defence at the age of 13.[2]

Hughes’ family moved to Toronto early in his life, as his father found work with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[3] As he had begun skating at a young age, while in elementary school he was given permission to skate during lunch period after he consistently became distracted during class watching his younger brother and father skate on a frozen baseball diamond.[4][5] Hughes' hockey career began when he played Bantam AAA and Minor Midget AAA hockey for the Toronto Marlboros,[6] before joining the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in 2015.[3] He also had the option of joining the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), as the Sarnia Sting drafted him in the third round of the 2015 OHL Draft, but Hughes chose to continue developing in America.[5] However, before joining the USNTDP, he made a verbal commitment in January 2015 to play NCAA hockey at the University of Michigan for their 2017–18 season.[7]

Hughes played in the USNTDP alongside fellow top prospect Brady Tkachuk, whom he also shared a room with.[8] In his first year with the U.S. National Under-17 Team, Hughes scored 7 goals and recorded 17 assists in 57 games. During the 2016–17 season, he scored four goals and 22 assists in 26 games, making him the first defenseman in USHL history to post such high points-per-game ratio two seasons before his NHL draft eligibility.[3] For his efforts, he was named to the All-USHL Second Team.[9] As of 2018, he sits in fifth place for the USNTDP record for most points by a defenseman with 77.[10]


Hughes played for the Michigan Wolverines at the University of Michigan. There, he enrolled in the School of Kinesiology and majors in Sport Management.[11] During his rookie season, in which he was the youngest NCAA male ice hockey player, Hughes recorded five goals and 24 assists in 37 games.[12] His 29 points ranked tied for 12th in the NCAA and third in the Big Ten among freshmen, while his 24 assists ranked third in the NCAA and first overall in the Big Ten among freshman.[13] Hughes' 24 assists is the most in Michigan program history by a freshman defenseman.[13] Following an outstanding freshman season, Hughes was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and the All-Big Ten Second Team.[13] He was also selected as a finalist for Big Ten Freshman of the Year, with the award eventually going to Mitchell Lewandowski.[14][15]

Leading up to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Hughes was considered a top prospect player due to his skating and puck moving ability.[16][17] The final ranking from the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in April placed Hughes in sixth place amongst North American skaters.[18] He was eventually drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, seventh overall.[19] He attended the Canucks development camp that summer[20] but ultimately decided to return to Michigan for his sophomore year, citing a goal to win an NCAA championship and furthering his development as his reasons.[21]

In spite of speculation Hughes would leave Michigan early to join the Canucks,[22] he finished the 2018–19 season with the Wolverines. During the 2019 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, he suffered a foot injury in a 3–2 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on March 8, 2019.[23] After an x-ray showed limited damage to his foot, Hughes played the following night in a 4–1 loss to the Golden Gophers, which thus eliminated the Wolverines from the playoff series.[24] During his sophomore season, Hughes recorded five goals and 28 assists in 32 games, ranking first on the Wolverines in scoring.[25] Following an outstanding season, he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award.[26][27] He was also named a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.[28] On March 12, Hughes was named to the AHCA First-Team All-America, becoming the 95th All-American in Michigan's history.[29]


On March 10, 2019, Hughes ended his collegiate career following his sophomore season, signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks.[25] After signing, Hughes underwent an MRI by the Canucks medical staff and was discouraged from skating for a week as a result of his foot injury sustained from the Big Ten playoffs.[30] He eventually made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019, against the Los Angeles Kings where he played on a pairing with Luke Schenn.[31] He recorded his first career NHL point, an assist on a Brock Boeser goal, in a 3–2 shootout win.[32]

Hughes attended the Canucks training and preseason camp prior to the 2019–20 season. After the signing of Brock Boeser, Hughes was tested on the first unit of the powerplay alongside Boeser and J. T. Miller.[33] After going scoreless to begin the season, Hughes recorded his first career NHL goal in their home opening game against the Los Angeles Kings while the Canucks were on a power play.[34] He became the youngest Canuck defenseman since J. J. Daigneault to score a goal for the team.[35] A month later, Hughes bruised his left knee in a game against the Anaheim Ducks on November 1, 2019.[36] He returned to the lineup after missing one game, where he scored the game-tying goal in an eventual 2–1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.[37] As a result, he became the fourth under 20 Canucks player in franchise history to record 14 or more points by their 20th game.[38] During a game on November 21, Hughes recorded three power play assists in the 6–3 win.[39] As a result, he became the first rookie defenceman in NHL history to record three power play assists in multiple games in a season.[40] By November 27, he became the first Canucks rookie defenseman to register three three-point games. It also made him one of the first rookies of the 2019–20 season to reach 20 points.[41]

International play

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
2019 Canada
2018 United States
World U18 Championships
2017 Slovakia

Despite being a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada, Hughes has chosen to represent the United States internationally.[42] He stated that choosing to play for the United States was an easy choice because it was important for him to represent his country.[42]

In 2015, Hughes was named to the World U-17 Hockey Challenge for Team USA.[43] He was one of seven players from the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget Team to compete at this tournament, with all but Hughes representing Canada.[44][45] Following that tournament, where Team USA failed to place, Hughes participated at the Under-17 Four Nations Tournament in Slovakia.[42]

In 2017, Hughes played at the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championships, helping the U.S. Under-18 World Championship team win a gold medal in Slovakia.[11] He finished in the top five in scoring among United States defensemen with five points.[46] He was later named to the U20 U.S. national junior team to compete at the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York, helping his team win bronze.[46]

A few months later, following the conclusion of his freshman season at Michigan, he was the youngest player named to the senior United States roster to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[47] At the age of 18, he was the only collegiate player on the roster and became the 33rd Michigan Wolverine player to compete at a IIHF World Championship tournament. Hughes again won bronze with Team USA, scoring two points in ten games while averaging 12:13 minutes of ice time.[48]

During his sophomore season at Michigan, Hughes was selected to compete at the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, alongside his brother Jack.[49] They became only the third pair of brothers to compete for Team USA at a World Juniors tournament, with the most recent pairing being Joey and Michael Anderson in 2017.[50] On December 24, 2018, Hughes, along with Michigan teammate Josh Norris, were named alternate captains for Team USA. The two players were two of five returning competitors from the 2018 World Junior Championships team.[51] Hughes helped lead Team USA to the gold medal round of the tournament where they lost 3–2 against Finland.[52]

After the Vancouver Canucks season ended, Hughes was one of 17 players named to Team USA for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[53]

Player profile

“The kind of defenceman I love playing with is a good-skating, puck-moving defenceman — and that’s exactly what they’re getting. He could be a Norris Trophy defenceman with his offensive instincts. He’s a great skater; he can skate around anybody. And he’s a great passer. Maybe a Duncan Keith but a better skater.”

Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings on the Canucks drafting Hughes.[54]

Described as a smooth-skating and mobile player, Hughes says he models his game after NHL defencemen Duncan Keith and Kris Letang.[55] After being drafted by the Canucks, general manager Jim Benning cited his dynamic skating and ability to quickly transition the puck as reasons for drafting him, seeing it as ideal for the team.[56]

Personal life

Hughes was born in Orlando, Florida while his father was assistant coach for the Orlando Solar Bears.[57] He is Jewish.[58] He comes from a hockey-playing family as his father, Jim Hughes, is a former hockey player and team captain for Providence College, an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins, and the Toronto Maple Leafs Director of Player Development.[59][60] His mother, Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, played ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer at the University of New Hampshire and, in 2012, was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame.[60] She also played for the United States women's national ice hockey team, and won a silver medal at the 1992 World Championship.[42] Hughes has two younger brothers, Jack and Luke, who also play hockey. Jack was drafted first overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft[1][61] and Luke plays minor ice hockey for Little Caesars 15U[1] and will play for the U.S. National U17 Team.[62]

His uncle Marty and his cousin, Teddy Doherty, were also both involved in hockey.[42] Marty last played in the British National League for the Dundee Stars,[63] and Teddy last played for the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL.[64]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015–16 U.S. National Development Team USHL 34 4 7 11 10
2015–16 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 57 7 17 24 24
2016–17 U.S. National Development Team USHL 26 4 22 26 10
2016–17 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 65 10 43 53 30
2017–18 University of Michigan B1G 37 5 24 29 26
2018–19 University of Michigan B1G 31 5 28 33 16
2018–19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 0 3 3 2
NHL totals 5 0 3 3 2


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States U17 5th 5 1 5 6 6
2017 United States U18 7 1 4 5 4
2018 United States WJC 7 0 3 3 6
2018 United States WC 100222
2019 United States WJC 7 0 2 2 0
2019 United States WC 7th 8 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 26 2 14 16 16
Senior totals 18 0 5 5 2

Awards and honors

Award Year Ref
All-USHL Second Team 2017 [9]
All-Big Ten Freshman Team 2018 [13]
All-Big Ten Second Team 2018
All-Big Ten First Team 2019 [26]
AHCA First-Team All-American 2019 [29]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elias Pettersson
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Vasili Podkolzin
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