Nick Schmaltz

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Nick Schmaltz
Born (1996-02-23) February 23, 1996 (age 21)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2016–present

Nicholas Schmaltz (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schmaltz played collegiate hockey with the University of North Dakota team in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.[1] Schmaltz was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Schmaltz was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but grew up in Verona, Wisconsin.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Schmaltz was ranked 19th by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau on their final list of the top draft-eligible North American skaters leading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft[2] and he was projected to be a first-round selection.[3] He played junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012 to 2014,[4] where in his first season he was named to the 2012–13 USHL All- Rookie Team.[5]

Schmaltz played with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, and won the 2016 NCAA National Hockey Championship as a sophomore. He ended his collegiate career and turned professional after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 19, 2016.[6]

Professional[edit]

On October 12, 2016, Schmaltz made his NHL debut in the season opener against the St. Louis Blues.[7] He scored his first NHL goal on October 15 against Marek Mazanec of the Nashville Predators.[8] The Blackhawks reassigned Schmaltz to AHL on December 4 after he only recorded one goal and three assist in 26 NHL games.[9] While with the Rockford IceHogs, he tallied six goals and three assists.[9] The Blackhawks recalled Schmaltz on January 14, 2017.[9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Finland
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2013 Břeclav/Piešťany
World Junior A Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2013 Yarmouth

Playing with the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, Schmaltz was named the tournament's most valuable player[10] as led Team USA to capture the gold medal.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 11 1 3 4 2
2012–13 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 64 18 34 52 15 4 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 55 18 45 63 16 4 1 2 3 17
2014–15 U. of North Dakota NCHC 38 5 21 26 12
2015–16 U. of North Dakota NCHC 37 11 35 46 6
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 6 22 28 6 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 12 6 3 9 2
NHL totals 61 6 22 28 6 4 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States IH18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 5 3 8 2
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2016 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 2 6 8 4
2017 United States WC 5th 7 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 17 7 10 17 6
Senior totals 7 0 3 3 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Honours Year
USHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13 [12]
World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal 2013 [13]
World Junior A Challenge Most Valuable Player 2013 [14]

Personal life[edit]

Schmaltz is the son of Mike and Lisa Schmaltz[15] He is the younger brother of Jordan Schmaltz, a first-round draft choice in 2012 by the St. Louis Blues.[16] He also has a younger sister, Kylie who plays volleyball for the University of Kentucky[15]

Schmaltz's father and uncles Marc and Monte lettered in football while attending the University of North Dakota[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #18: Nick Schmaltz". jacketscannon.com. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ "NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings Feature 32 All-American Prospects Game Alums". USA Hockey. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Nick Schmaltz Top 30 NHL Draft Prospect". frozenfutures.com. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ "2014 NHL Draft Profile #24: Nick Schmaltz". Last Word On Sports.com. 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  5. ^ "USHL Names 2012-13 All-Rookie Team". United States Hockey League. 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks sign Nick Schmaltz to entry-level deal". Chicago Blackhawks. 2016-06-19. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  7. ^ Lazerus, Mark (October 13, 2016). "Blackhawks rookies live together, work together, play together". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ King, Scott (October 15, 2016). "Panik’s hat trick, Schmaltz’s first NHL goal boost Hawks". WGN Radio – 720 AM. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Hine, Chris (2017-01-14). "Blackhawks recall center Nick Schmaltz from Rockford". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  10. ^ "USA wins gold again at World Junior A Challenge; 4-1 win over Russia". The Vanguard. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  11. ^ "United States 7 - Switzerland 4". Hockey Canada. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Nick Schmaltz player profile". Green Bay Gamblers. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-06.  Hockey
  13. ^ "Schmaltz shines at the World Jr. A Challenge". TheScoutingReport.com. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  14. ^ "United States wins gold medal at 2013 World Junior A Challenge". Hockey Canada. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  15. ^ a b https://www.nhl.com/news/brothers-nick-schmaltz-jordan-schmaltz-play/c-281876446
  16. ^ "Nick Schmaltz aims to follow in brother's footsteps". TheScoutingReport.org. 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  17. ^ http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209625171

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Hartman
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Henri Jokiharju