Mario Lucia
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Mario Lucia


Plymouth Minnesota

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2nd round (60th overall), 2011


183 lbs.

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2008-09: Mario Lucia scored 14 goals with 29 assists in 22 games for Minnesota’s Wayzata High School.

2009-10: Lucia, son of University of Minnesota Head Coach Don Lucia, played for Wayzata (MN) High School. In 27 games, he scored 15 goals and added 27 assists for 42 points. In 2 playoff games, Lucia picked up 2 assists.

2010-11: In 27 games for Wayzata High School, Lucia scored 30 goals and added 24 assists for 54 points. In 3 playoff games, he scored 5 goals and added 2 assists for 7 points. Lucia also played in the Upper Midwest Hockey League for Team Northwest, scoring 6 goals and adding 6 assists for 12 points in 10 games. He registered no points in 1 playoff game.

2011-12: Lucia was the second-leading scorer for BCHL and RBC Cup (Canadian junior hockey) champion Penticton and represented the USA in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. He scored a league-leading 42 goals with 51 assists in 56 games for the Vees. Penticton won 54 of 60 games during the regular season and defeated Powell River in the playoff finals. Lucia scored 6 goals with 10 assists in 15 playoff games. He had 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes in six games at the RBC Cup. The Vees won four straight games at the RBC Cup after losing two games in round-robin play to capture the title. Playing for the bronze medal USA squad at the WJAC, Lucia was the tournament’s leading goal scorer  with four goals and had 1 assist in four games. In October 2011 he committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2012-13.

2012-13: Lucia skated in 32 games for Notre Dame as a freshman and was a member of the gold medal-winning USA team at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Skating primarily on the Fighting Irish’ second line with fellow NHL prospects T.J. Tynan (Columbus) and Austin Wuthrich (Washington), he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was -4 with 18 penalty minutes. Notre Dame won the CCHA playoff title after finishing second to Miami in the regular season. The Fighting Irish lost to St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals. Lucia had 1 assist and was +1 in seven games for the USA squad in Ufa, Russia.

2013-14: Lucia scored 16 goals for Notre Dame  — one goal behind team leader Bryan Rust (PIT) — skating in all 40 games for the Fighting Irish as a sophomore. Primarily skating on a line with Vince Hinostroza (CHI) and Austin Wuthrich (WSH), he had 15 assists and was +1 with 12 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish finished eighth in Hockey East during the regular season but upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals. 

2014-15: Lucia led Notre Dame with 21 goals in his junior season and was the team’s third-leading scorer. He had 11 assists and was +5 with 22 penalty minutes in 42 games for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame finished fifth in Hockey East; taking fourth-place Massachusetts-Lowell to three games in the Hockey East quarterfinals before falling 6-4 in the decisive third game.

2015-16: Lucia signed a two-year entry-level contract with Minnesota in March 2016 following his senior season at Notre Dame and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. In nine games with Iowa he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. Lucia scored 12 goals with 12 assists and was -3 with 12 penalty minutes in 37 games for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish finished third in Hockey East behind Boston College and Providence — earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament despite being swept by Northeastern in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Notre Dame lost to Michigan, 3-2 in overtime, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Lucia is a speedy winger with some good size, He has been ahead of the competition at every level and was one of the team's leading scorers during his four years Notre Dame. His size and strength allowed him to dominate at the college level and he has a strong desire to score goals. The other areas of his game are not as developed but should improve as he makes the step up to pro hockey and faces players with similar physical tools.


Lucia signed an entry-level contract with the Wild in March 2016 following his senior season at Notre Dame, making his pro debut in nine late season games with the AHL's Iowa Wild. He will likely return to Iowa to start the 2016-17 season after attending training camp with the Minnesota Wild. His overall game is still developing but Lucia's shot and his physical makeup suggest he is capable of being a scorer at the pro level.

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