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Justin Schultz
Canadian ice hockey player

Justin Schultz

Justin Schultz
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Intro Canadian ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Canada
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 July 1990, West Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
Age 33 years
Height: 188
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Justin Schultz (born July 6, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schultz was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, but grew up in Westbank, British Columbia.

Playing career

Schultz played collegiate hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers which competed in the WCHA, playing in 121 games and amassing 40 goals and 73 assists before declaring for the draft as a junior. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Schultz appeared in 248 games for the Oilers before being traded to Pittsburgh in 2016.

Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, Schultz was unable to come to terms on a contract with the team. During the last week of May 2012, Schultz officially "de-registered" from the University of Wisconsin triggering a process that made him an unrestricted free agent (UFA). According to league rules, from the time Anaheim was given notice of the de-registration from school, they had a 30-day exclusive window to try to sign him or trade him. Anaheim was ultimately unable to sign him. Schultz was heavily recruited by up to 26 teams as a free agent, with the Edmonton Oilers having Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey personally recruit him. On June 30, 2012, Schultz agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Schultz played the first 34 games of his professional career in the AHL while recording 48 points in 34 games, leading all defencemen in scoring. He was ultimately awarded the AHL's Eddie Shore Award in 2012-13 as the league's top defenceman despite participating in less than half of the Oklahoma City Barons' games.

Schultz later played his first NHL game in the first Oilers game following the 2012–13 NHL lock-out against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored his first goal during the next game, the Oilers' home opener, against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks on January 22, 2013.

On August 28, 2014, Schultz signed a new one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers valued at $3.675 million.

Schultz with the Penguins in the 2016 playoffs.

On February 27, 2016, with the Oilers out of playoff contention for the 2015–16 season, and suffering the worst season of his professional career with 10 points in 45 games, Schultz was traded from the Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2016 third round draft pick. On June 12, 2016, Schultz won his first Stanley Cup when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

On July 13, 2016, after testing free agency, Schultz returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

In the 2016–17 season, Schultz had a break-out year in his first full season with the Penguins. He set career highs in goals (12), assists (39), points (51), penalties in minutes (34), power-play points (20), and shots on goal (154). In addition, for the first time in his career, he finished a season with a positive plus-minus. His total number of assists, points, points per game played, and plus-minus each finished within the top 10 in their respective categories among defencemen, and he emerged as the top blue-liner for the Penguins due to star defenceman Kris Letang being limited to only 41 games with various injuries. He won his second Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins on June 11, 2017.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Westside Warriors BCHL 2 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Westside Warriors BCHL 57 9 31 40 28 11 3 5 8 4
2008–09 Westside Warriors BCHL 49 15 35 50 29 6 1 2 3 2
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 6 16 22 12
2010–11 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 18 29 47 28
2011–12 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 16 28 44 12
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 18 30 48 6
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 8 19 27 8
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 11 22 33 16
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 6 25 31 12
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 3 7 10 14
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 7 8 2 15 0 4 4 0
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 12 39 51 34 21 4 9 13 4
NHL totals 344 41 119 160 86 36 4 13 17 4


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 0 4 4 2
Senior totals 8 0 4 4 2

Awards and honours

Awards Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2009–10
All-WCHA First Team 2010–11
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2010–11
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2010–11
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2011–12
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12
CCM/AHL Player of the Week (Ending Oct 21) 2012–13
CCM/AHL Player of the Month (Oct 2012) 2012–13
CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month (Nov 2012) 2012–13
AHL Defenseman of the Year 2012–13
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2015–16, 2016–17
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