Mats Zuccarello’s parents, Anita Zuccarello and Glenn Aasen, raised him in Norway. He has Italian roots from his mother’s side.
Born and raised in Oslo, Norway, Mats Zuccarello was always a momma’s boy. The former New York Rangers right winger was bound to become a hockey star from a young age.
The 35-year-old never imagined he would make it to the NHL. He thought the most he would reach was the Swedish League, but destiny had other plans for him.
Mats quickly garnered fame and attention from hockey fans during his second stint with the Rangers in 2013. The magical run lasted six seasons before he was traded to Dallas Stars in 2019.
Currently, at Minnesota Wild, Mats plays alongside Ryan Reaves and Kirill Kaprizov. The two wingers are looking forward to helping their side advance to Round 2 of the playoffs by beating Dallas Stars.
Mats Zuccarello Parents, Anita Zuccarello And Glenn Aasen
Mats Zuccarello’s parents, Anita and Glenn, live in Norway even after Mats’ success.
Working as a hairdresser in Norway, Anita did her best to help her son pursue his career as a professional hockey player.
When Mats was selected as one of the students at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport, Anita decided she would pay off the school fees at any cost.
In an interview with MSG Networks in 2018, the hockey player showed his journey from being a child prodigy to a professional hockey player.
The video displays the strong bond Mats shares with his mother. The mother-son duo also shared the scrapbook Anita had kept, which consisted of newspaper clippings of Mats and his achievements.
Anita had raised Mats, her oldest son, and her two other kids singlehandedly before she tied the knot.
When Mats had felt dejected because of his first stint with the Rangers in 2010, Mats had second thoughts about whether he should go back to them.
The right winger rarely mentions his dad in any of his interviews, which gives the impression that it was Anita who played the most significant role in her son’s upbringing.
And playing at the top level in the top league is a way of paying back his mother.
Mats Zuccarello Family
Mats Zuccarello grew up with four siblings, and out of the four, two share the same profession.
The NHL player’s little brother, Fabian, was signed by Valencia Flyers in 2016 at age 19. Last season, Fabian played in the Norway 2 League for the team Furuset as a forward.
His step-brother, Robin Dahlstrøm, is a well-known name in the Norwegian Hockey League and has represented Norway at international stages.
Mats has a sister named Sandra and another step-brother named Martin. Despite not being related by blood, the hockey player shares an amicable relationship with his two step-brothers.
Mats Zuccarello Wife Marlene Gunther
Mats Zuccarello’s wife, Marlene Gunther, is a former Norwegian hockey player. Gunther was born on April 9, 1995; she is eight years younger than the Wild’s winger.
During her time as a hockey player, Marlene played for Linkoping HC and represented Norway Women’s National Hockey team.
Since putting the brakes on her hockey career in 2015, Marlene has now pursued law. She completed her master’s degree from the University of Oslo in 2017 and currently works as a Jurist in Oslo, having previously completed her master’s degree from the University of Oslo in 2017.
The Minnesota Wilds player has tried to keep his private life away from the spotlight. The NHL star hasn’t shared a single post of his better half on his Instagram handle.
The couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in July 2022. It was his manager who relayed the news to the media in April 2022.
The winger is yet to share an image of his daughter on his Instagram. But his younger brother, Fabian, being a doting uncle, had shared a picture with his niece.