2008-09: Nick Luukko played in 34 games as a junior at The Gunnery, a college preparatory boarding school in Connecticut. He scored 4 goals with 11 assists. Luukko scored the game-winning goal in Gunnery’s 2-1 win over Taft in the Division 1New England prep quarterfinals.
2009-10: The 18-year-old Luukko spent his final season of high school hockey at The Gunnery. In 31 games he notched 2 goals with 21 assists. Luukko committed to playing college hockey at the University of Vermont in 2011-12. Luukko was ranked 175th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Flyers in the seventh round (179th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
2010-11: Luukko’s first season in junior hockey got off to a rough start as he suffered a broken arm. He returned to play 45 games for USHL champion Dubuque in the regular season and scored 7 goals with 17 assists with a +1 plus/minus and 20 PMs. Luukko skated in all 11 games in the Clark Cup playoffs and was +5 with 1 goal and 4 assists.
2011-12: Luukko’s freshman season at the University of Vermont was cut short after 17 games when he suffered a season-ending abdominal injury in a game against Lake Superior State on Dec. 29th. He finished the year minus-seven with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes. The year was a difficult one for the Catamounts, who won just six games and finished last in Hockey East.
2012-13: Luukko skated in 36 games for the University of Vermont as a sophomore – sharing the points lead for Catamounts defensemen (10) with Blackhawks prospect Michael Paliotta. Paired with junior Nick Bruneteau much of the year, he scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes. Vermont finished tied with Maine for seventh in Hockey East and lost to defending national champion Boston College in the Hockey East quarterfinals.
2013-14: Luukko skated in 37 of 38 games for Vermont in his junior season. Teamed with senior Nick Bruneteau and seeing first and second pair minutes with the Catamounts, he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-2 with 28 penalty minutes. Vermont finished tied with Notre Dame for seventh in Hockey East but received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing a three-game series to first-place Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East tournament. National champion Union College defeated Vermont, 5-2, in the NCAA East regional.
Luukko possess solid skating, good vision, and a decent skill-set overall. Though he does not necessarily excell at one particular aspect of the defensive game on the ice, he is a smart hockey player with some good size to play on the blueline.
Luukko is one of two senior defensemen skating for the University of Vermont in 2014-15 along with captain Mike Paliotta (Chicago). A solid, if unspectacular stay-at-home defenseman for the Catamounts the past two seasons Luukko will likely take some time at the minor level before being ready to crack an NHL lineup.