Folks, I would like to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year and while we’ll all struggle to remember to put the correct year on documents, checks, and other things for the next few weeks. There is no better way to celebrate the new year than with the first Senior Spotlight of 2019!
Unfortunately, the holiday season is coming to an end. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the holidays, I think of two things. All the food I ate and the shopping at retail stores I did. Our subject for Senior spotlight this week isn’t a stranger to the retail, but it is not the retail you are probably thinking of. As I have mentioned in previous articles, you can tell a lot about someone by where they choose to drop in Fortnite. Mitchell Mustangs’ forward Tucker Tassone drops at Retail Row. For those that do not know, Retail Row, is located in the Southeastern part of the map which makes sense because it probably feels like home to him! Our boy Tucker is from New Port Richey and he is proud to be a Florida boy!
I was very lucky that the Mitchell senior could make time for me because when it comes to hockey, he does not have time to waste. As I do with all our Senior Spotlight subjects, I like to find out what they do for fun outside of hockey. In this case, with Tucker, him having fun is him playing hockey. In my personal opinion, I think he has skates on more than he has shoes on, but I will let him tell you in his own words.
“Basically all I do is hockey. I play, or I am on the ice five days a week.
Monday’s, I have off, so I use that time to do my school work or homework.
On Tuesday’s I practice with my travel team.
Wednesday’ I have EDP practice.
Thursdays I have travel practice again and on Friday’s I have LHSHL games and on Saturday’s I have my travel game.”
After listening to Tucker list off his week, I did what you all are thinking now, I told him to take a break jokingly. “I’d be bored without hockey but in my spare time I will just hang out with my friends, maybe go to the mall, play videos games and binge-watching shows.” Being a binge watcher of many shows myself, I had to find out what shows. Folks, Tucker binge watches “FRIENDS” a show that came out seven years before he was born. You just love to see it!
As for next year and what this Mustang has in store for his future, “I have pretty good grades. Right now, I have 5 A’s and one B. In a perfect world, I would go on next year to play juniors or play at the collegiate level. I would like to play at Florida Gulf Coast University. If that doesn’t work out, I would really like to go a route that leads me to a career in forensics! Growing up I watched at a ton of CSI. I have always been interested in science my whole life. My favorite subject is marine biology but ideally, I would be an FBI agent.”
If you go to a Mitchell game, it won’t be hard to spot this forward on the ice. He plays center, he plays on the wing, and he does whatever he can for his Mustangs.
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But he didn’t get his start on the ice. “I started playing roller at the age of four, from there I went and learned how to skate at Tampa Bay Skating Academy, got on my first team, the Raiders and the rest is history. I owe everything hockey related in my life to my parents. They have been so supportive and done everything for me. They are the reason I got into hockey and the reason I love the game. they actually named me after a player! I am named after Darcy Tucker which is probably why I wear the number 16. He was my parent’s favorite player, but my favorite player of all time is Anze Kopitar!”
Tassone has been a member of the LHSHL all four years of high school and he has experienced something not every player in our league gets to do. “Hands down, my happiest moment for was being a part of the National Championship team with Mitchell my freshman year in Reston, VA. I learned a lot from that once in a lifetime experience and I had great teammates to look up as well as learn from that team that I still keep in touch with today.”
Folks, this interview experience was great. I enjoyed my time with Tucker. I had the opportunity to get to know him a bit more when we traveled to Minnesota. He will be the first to tell you that he is a quiet kid and as he says, once you get to know him, he is very talkative. I can tell you without hesitation that he is an absolute gentleman, and I genuinely look forward to seeing what happens to him in the next chapter of his life!