Teenager Jack Hughes is first Jewish player to be No. 1 overall pick in National Hockey League draft

Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, poses for a portrait during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, poses for a portrait during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, poses for a portrait during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

(JTA) – Jack Hughes, even at 18, is no stranger to making history. And now he’s done it again, becoming the first Jewish player to be drafted No. 1 overall by the National Hockey League.

The New Jersey Devils picked Hughes, a Florida native who grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, on Friday. He’s the son of a Jewish mother and Catholic father – both big-time hockey players back in the day – who attended Catholic high school but had a bar mitzvah. [Read more…]

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