David Schlemko (born May 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
May 7, 1987|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
Schlemko played junior hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League from 2004 until 2007. He was a member of the Tigers' WHL championship team in 2007. Undrafted, Schlemko was signed as a free agent on July 19, 2007, by the Coyotes to a three-year entry level contract and was assigned to the Central Hockey League's Arizona Sundogs. In 2008, Schlemko was assigned to the San Antonio Rampage. He made his NHL debut with the Coyotes during the 2008–09 season, playing a total of 3 games scoring 1 assist. His first career NHL goal was scored on November 14, 2009, against Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars.
In the 2014–15 season, on January 3, 2015, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars. Schlemko played in 5 scoreless games with the Stars as a reserve defenseman before he was again placed and claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames on March 1, 2015.
As a free agent on September 10, 2015, Schlemko joined his fourth organization within a year in signing a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. As a late free-agent addition to the Devils, Schlemko surprised in the 2015–16 season, to solidify his role on the blueline and record a career-high 6 goals and 19 points in 67 games.
On July 1, 2016, Schlemko was rewarded from his tenure with the Devils in signing a four-year contract as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks. In the 2016–17 season, Schlemko solidified the Sharks blueline, appearing in 62 games in matching his previous season 6 goals while contributing with 18 points.
Schlemko's tenure with the Sharks was limited to one season however, as he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017. The following day, the Golden Knights promptly dealt him to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019. Schlemko missed the beginning of the 2017–18 season with the Canadiens after breaking his hand on his first day of training camp with the club. Nearing a return from injury, Schlemko played one game on a conditioning stint with AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, before suffering a setback in requiring surgery to remove bone fragments in his hand on October 19, 2017. Schlemko missed the first 25 games of the season before returning to make 37 appearances and adding 1 goal and four assists.
For a second consecutive year, Schlemko was placed on the injured reserve to begin the 2018–19 season, after injuring his knee in a pre-season game on September 29, 2018. Schlemko returned to action to appear in 18 games on the blueline for the Canadiens for 2 assists before he was placed on waivers and demoted to the Laval Rocket on January 8, 2019. Schlemko registered 4 points in 8 games for the Rockets before he was traded by the Canadiens, alongside Byron Froese, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Dale Weise and Christian Folin on February 9, 2019. Schlemko reported directly to AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and played out the remainder of the regular season to appear in 18 games for 4 assists.
On June 30, 2019, Schlemko was placed on unconditional waivers by the Flyers in order to buy out the remaining year on his contract.
|2004–05||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||65||5||24||29||23||13||0||3||3||10|
|2005–06||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||69||9||35||44||44||13||2||5||7||15|
|2006–07||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||64||8||50||58||78||23||3||13||16||12|
|2007–08||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||1||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||68||7||22||29||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||55||5||26||31||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||3||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||67||6||13||19||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||San Jose Sharks||NHL||62||6||12||18||14||6||2||1||3||2|
|2018–19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||18||0||4||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Tippet wins in return to Dallas". CBS Sports. 2009-11-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
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- "Canadiens defenseman David Schlemko out 6 weeks". Sportsnet.ca. 2018-09-29. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
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- "Flyers acquire David Schlemko, Byron Froese from Canadiens". Philadelphia Flyers. 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
- "Flyers place David Schlemko on waivers for purpose of buyout". Sportsnet.ca. June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.