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Nick Schultz (born August 25, 1982, in Strasbourgmarker, Saskatchewanmarker) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for and is an alternate captain of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL, and has also represented Canada in international competition.

Playing career

Nick Schultz was selected in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild from the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders. Before joining the Raiders, Nick played for Yorktonmarker in the SMAAAHL. He spent three seasons with the Raiders. During this time, he also participated in the World Junior Hockey Championships twice, in 2001 and 2002.

Over the course of his career Schultz has evolved into a defensive unsung hero for the Wild. He is known for his durability and defensive skills that often go unmentioned, such as shot blocking and excellent defensive positioning. In his career with the Wild, Schultz has only missed one game due to injury, in February 2002 . He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finlandmarker in Moscowmarker. Team Canada rotated alternate captains throughout the tournament, Schultz was wearing an A during the final game.

Schultz was a restricted free agent after the 2006–07 NHL season. He had hoped to negotiate a long term deal with the Wild, but when that failed to materialize, he signed a 1-year contract worth $1.85 million. During the 2007-08 NHL season, Schultz and the Wild agreed on a 6 year contract extension.

Off the ice

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. His other brother is named Terrance, 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, Jake Douglas, born in October 2007. They make their off-season home in Calgary. Jessica's sister is also married to an NHL player, Cory Sarich of the Calgary Flames. He is friends with Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings and is often present at Stoll's yearly charity golf tournament.

Awards



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 58 5 18 23 37 14 0 7 7 0
1999–00 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
2000–01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 4 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 1 0
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 52 4 6 10 14
2001–02 Houston Aeros AHL 14 1 5 6 2
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 75 3 7 10 23 18 0 1 1 10
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 6 10 16 16
2004–05 Kassel Huskies DEL 46 7 15 22 26
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 2 12 14 43
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 2 10 12 42 5 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 2 13 15 42 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 2 9 11 31
NHL totals 527 21 67 88 221 24 0 2 2 10


International play

Played for Canada in:



International statistics
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 2
2002 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 4
2004 Canada WC 9 0 1 1 0
2006 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 6
2007 Canada WC 9 0 0 0 2
Senior int'l totals 27 0 3 3 8


References

  1. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Schultz: Wild's concealed weapon.
  2. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Schultz, Wild opt for one year deal.
  3. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Gameday: Wild vs. Edmonton.
  4. Hockey Hall of Fame. Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 37


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