Troy Schwab

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Troy Schwab
Born (1984-12-24) December 24, 1984 (age 32)
Kindersley, SK, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Johnstown Chiefs
Wichita Thunder
Eispiraten Crimmitschau
Denver Cutthroats
Toledo Walleye
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–2015

Troy Schwab (born December 24, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center, who played in the ECHL and the Central Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Playing career[edit]

Schwab first played minor Junior A hockey with his hometown club, the Kindersley Klippers, of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. After helping win the title in 2004, Schwab led the team and league in scoring with 85 points the following season to be selected to the First All-Star Team and recognized as the 2005 league MVP.[1]

Schwab then committed to play collegiate hockey in the United States, for Lake Superior State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. As a smaller sized offensive forward, Schwab immediately contributed with the Lakers and contributed 28 points in his freshman season in the 2005–06 season. Impressively elevated to the leadership group in just his sophomore season, Schawb assumed the captaincy by his Junior year. He completed his four-year collegiate career with a productive 110 points over 150 games.

Undrafted initially due to his diminutive size, he was signed to an ECHL contract with the Johnstown Chiefs to begin his professional career. Schwab with fellow collegiate rookie, Connor Shields, led the Chiefs offense in 2009–10 and compiled a team leading 35 assists for 53 points in 67 games. Upon the season end, and with the 22 year operation of the Chiefs folding, Schwab was inivited to the Oklahoma City Barons training camp for the following season.[2]

After his release from the Barons training camp, Schwab moved to the Central Hockey League with the Wichita Thunder on October 20, 2010.[3] He amassed 55 points in 54 games during the 2010–11 season, before losing in the first round of the playoffs for the Ray Miron President's Cup. In the offseason on June 26, 2011, his rights were dealt by the Thunder to the Allen Americans in exchange for goalie Chris Whitley.[4]

Without coming to terms with the Americans, Schwab signed for his first European venture on a one-year contract with ETC Crimmitschau of the German 2nd Bundesliga on August 1, 2011.[5] During the 2011–12 season he was among the team leaders in scoring, earning top line time, recording 45 points in 45 games to place second on the Pirates.

Schwab returned to North America the following the completion of his season in Germany and signed a one-year contract with the inaugural Denver Cutthroats of the CHL. His signing on August 8, 2012 marked a reunion alongside former Wichita Thunder team and line mate AJ Gale.[6]

After two successful seasons with the Cutthroats, Schwab opted to leave as the Cutthroats' franchise leading scorer, to sign a one-year contract with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL on August 8, 2014.[7] In the 2014–15 season, Schwab resumed his role as an offensive leader posting 60 points in 70 games with the top ranked Walleye. He increased his scoring rate in the post-season with 22 points in 21 contests, as the Walleye reached the conference finals.

On July 12, 2015, Schwab announced his retirement from professional hockey.[8]

Schwab's play style can best be described as rabid Tazmanian devil on skates who plays the game 4 steps ahead of his opponents. If a defense man on the other team is playing checkers, Troy is playing 3D underwater chess. His unique style of play stems from the fact that he is 5'8 but his hockey stick is 5'11, which makes it awkward when it wears heals, however Troy has never suffered from being unable to get things off of the top shelf.

Outside of hockey he enjoys crochetting, water painting, reading Balzac, and watching British romance movies from the 1950s.

His favorite band is Creed

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Kindersley Klippers SJHL 61 28 40 68 57
2002–03 Kindersley Klippers SJHL 60 25 41 66 103
2003–04 Kindersley Klippers SJHL 55 29 36 65 82
2004–05 Kindersley Klippers SJHL 51 25 60 85 162
2005–06 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 34 8 16 24 18
2006–07 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 41 6 24 30 30
2007–08 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 36 6 18 24 24
2008–09 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 39 11 21 32 30
2009–10 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 67 18 35 53 75
2010–11 Wichita Thunder CHL 54 19 36 55 71 5 2 1 3 2
2011–12 ETC Crimmitschau 2.GBun 45 19 26 45 78
2012–13 Denver Cutthroats CHL 66 21 60 81 48 5 0 4 4 4
2013–14 Denver Cutthroats CHL 66 25 71 96 81 16 8 15 23 30
2014–15 Toledo Walleye ECHL 70 19 41 60 35 21 8 14 22 21
CHL totals 186 65 167 232 200 26 10 20 30 36

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
SJHL First All-Star Team 2005
SJHL Most Valuable Player 2005 [1]
All-CHL Team (First Team All-Star) 2013–14 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LSSU recruit leads SJHL in scoring". Lake Superior State University. 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  2. ^ "OKC Barons' training camp roster". NewsOK. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Thunder sign Schwab from ECHL". Central Hockey League. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Wichita lands top line goalie in deal with Allen". Central Hockey League. 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Eispiraten acquire fifth quota player in Schwab" (in German). ETC Crimmitschau. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Cutthroats boots forward line by signing Gale, Schwab". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Toledo Walleye sign CHL forward Troy Schwab". bcsn.tv. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Officially announce retirement today". Twitter. 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  9. ^ "All-CHL Team Announced". Central Hockey League. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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