Nicholas Andrew Schultz (born August 25, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Philadelphia Flyers. The Minnesota Wild drafted him in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He represented Canada in international competition at the junior and senior level.
Schultz with the Wild playing Calgary in 2007.
August 25, 1982|
Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
Minnesota Wild |
Columbus Blue Jackets
33rd overall, 2000|
As a child, Schultz played minor hockey in his hometown of Strasbourg for the Maroons. He was selected by the Prince Albert Raiders in the third round (43rd overall) of the 1997 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Before joining the Raiders, Schultz played for Yorkton Mallers in the SMAAAHL. During his only season in the SMAAAHL, Schultz was named Rookie of the Year for the Mallers club, as well as being named the Top Defenseman and Most Valuable Player of the league's All-Star Game.
Schultz made his debut for the Raiders in the 1998–99 WHL season, playing in 58 games, scoring 5 goals and adding 18 assists. In his sophomore season in the WHL, he played in 72 games, scoring 11 goals and adding 33 assists. After the 1999-2000 season, Schultz was named the Raiders top defenceman and most improved player. The Minnesota Wild selected Schultz in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Schultz served as team captain for the 2000–01 season, playing 59 games, scoring 17 goals and adding 30 assists.
After the Raiders 2000–01 WHL season was complete, Schultz made his professional debut with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League, suiting up for four games, where he scored a goal and added an assist. The next season, Schultz made his National Hockey League debut, after making the Wild out of training camp. He made his NHL debut against the Edmonton Oilers. During his rookie season, Schultz played in 52 games, scoring 4 goals and adding 6 assists. After the Wild's season was complete, Schultz joined the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League for the playoffs. On February 27, 2012, Schultz was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Schultz is currently 2nd in all-time games played for the Minnesota Wild with 743 games played.
Schultz's tenure with the Blue Jackets was kept brief when on July 2, 2014, Schultz joined his fourth NHL club, signing a one-year deal as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. On February 18, 2015, the Flyers re-signed Schultz to a two-year deal worth $2.25 million annually.
|Men's ice hockey|
|2004 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2002 Czech Republic|
Schultz grew up on his family's farm in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. He has two older brothers, one of whom, Kris, played professional hockey in the CHL and UHL. One of his brothers is named Terrence and his parent's names are Robert and Carol. His cousin Jesse Schultz made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season, playing for the Vancouver Canucks. Jesse is now in the Minnesota Wild system, but has yet to play a game for the big club in St. Paul. Nick is married, his wife's name is Jessica (née Dibb). They have a son and two daughters. They make their off-season home in Calgary. Jessica's sister is also married to an NHL player, Cory Sarich of the Colorado Avalanche. He is friends with Jarret Stoll and is often present at Stoll's yearly charity golf tournament.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1998–99||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||58||5||18||23||37||14||0||7||7||0|
|1999–2000||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||72||11||33||44||38||6||0||3||3||2|
|2000–01||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||59||17||30||47||120||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||9||0||1||1||4||2||0||0||0||0|
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- Hockey Hall of Fame. Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 37
- "Jarret Stoll Celebrity Golf Classic".