Nate Schmidt

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Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt 2018-02-04 3.jpg
Schmidt with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1991-07-16) July 16, 1991 (age 26)
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Nathan Thomas Schmidt (born July 16, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Schmidt played college hockey with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the NCAA Men's Division I WCHA conference. In his junior year, Schmidt's outstanding play was rewarded with a selection to the 2012–13 All-WCHA First Team.[1]

Schmidt with the Capitals in 2016

After signing with the Capitals as an undrafted free agent in April 2013,[2] Schmidt played the final eight games of the 2012–13 regular season and five postseason games with the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate.

Schmidt started the 2013–14 season with the Bears but was called up to the Capitals after just one game.[3] He made his NHL debut on October 12, 2013, against the Colorado Avalanche.[4] He scored his first NHL goal on December 7, 2013 against Marek Mazanec of the Nashville Predators. Schmidt was reassigned to Hershey on December 15, 2013.[5]

After four seasons with the Capitals, Schmidt was left exposed by the club in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights on June 21, 2017.[6] Ater going to an arbiter in August, Schmidt signed a two-year $4.45 million contract with the Knights.[7] During his first season with the team, Schmidt found success, putting up career high numbers in points and leading the Knights in average playing time.[8] He helped lead the Knights to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs in their inaugural season, only to lose in the finals to his former team.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 St. Cloud Cathedral MNHS 25 21 24 45 30
2009–10 Fargo Force USHL 57 14 23 37 81 13 0 6 6 2
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 13 0 1 1 6
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 3 38 41 14
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 9 23 32 16
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 8 1 2 3 4 5 0 2 2 0
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 38 2 11 13 12
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 29 2 4 6 6
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 39 1 3 4 10
2014–15 Hershey Bears AHL 19 3 6 9 6 8 4 5 9 0
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 72 2 14 16 16 10 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 60 3 14 17 16 11 1 3 4 4
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 76 5 31 36 16 20 3 4 7 4
NHL totals 276 13 66 79 64 41 4 8 12 10

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Second Team 2011–12
All-WCHA First Team 2012–13 [10]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCHA Awards". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Capitals Sign Nate Schmidt". Washington Capitals. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Gopher Schmidt gets big shot in NHL with Caps". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  4. ^ Leone, Tim (2013-10-11). "Washington Capitals recall Nate Schmidt, reassign Connor Carrick and Michael Latta to Hershey Bears". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Caps Recall Latta from Hershey, Re-assign Schmidt to Hershey". Capitalstoday.com. 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Capitals lose defenseman Nate Schmidt in Vegas expansion draft". Washington Post. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  7. ^ Carp, Steve (August 5, 2017). "Nate Schmidt to receive $4.45M after arbiter rules". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  8. ^ Fox, Luke (May 28, 2018). "Capitals castoff Nate Schmidt has flourished with Golden Knights". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  9. ^ Rosen, Dan (June 8, 2018). "Capitals win Stanley Cup, defeat Golden Knights in Game 5 of Final". NHL.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Conference Honors, 2012–13". College Hockey.com. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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