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NHL PLAYER, Justin Schultz


Born Jul 06, 1990 -- Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Selected by Anaheim Ducks round 2 #43 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Justin Schultz (born July 6, 1990) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Schultz played collegiate hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers which competes in the WCHA. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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. 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.

Schultz later played his first NHL game in the first Oilers game following the 2012 NHL Lockout 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.

Source: Wikipedia



Schultz back in form as preseason comes to an end October 03, 2019

Justin Schultz has been a standout performer in the NHL preseason to date, tallying 6 assists in just 3 games played. Beyond the stats, the 29-year-old defenseman has looked like his old self on the ice, and is showing no ill effects from the serious ankle injury he suffered last year. With the season opener right around the corner, the Kelowna-native looks primed for a bounce-back campaign in 2019-20.

For more on Schultz, check out the piece here.


Schultz and Nyquist shine in wild preseason encounter September 21, 2017

Justin Schultz tallied the overtime winner while Gustav Nyquist registered 4 points, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 last night. The now two-time, Stanley Cup-winning defenseman also added an assist in the contest, as well 5 shots on net and a team-leading 23:06 of ice-time. As for Nyquist, the Swedish star was the best player for the losing side, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the defeat.

For more on last night’s game, check out the story here

Schultz guides Penguins to Game 7 win May 26, 2017

Justin Schultz scored a key goal in the 3rd period before setting up the winner last night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins came away with a 3-2, double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Kelowna, British Columbia-native has followed up a regular season that saw him set career-highs in numerous categories, with an equally impressive postseason. The 26-year-old defenseman has tallied 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 15 games to date, including 6 power play points which ranks him 6th overall.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Hornqvist and Schultz stand out in Pens’ win May 04, 2017

Patric Hornqvist and Justin Schultz both scored last night, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins hold on to defeat the Washington Capitals, 3-2. Hornqvist was named the first star of the contest after tallying a goal, 4 hits and 4 shots on net. Schultz’s 2nd goal of the 2017 NHL Playoffs, meanwhile, would turn out be the game winner. The 26-year-old defenseman has been on fire of late, registering 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in his last 3 games.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Schultz does it all in Penguins’ win December 15, 2016

Justin Schultz provided an offensive spark from the blue line on Wednesday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins in overtime, 4-3. The offensive defenseman finished the game with a goal and two assists, including an assist on the overtime winner. The 26-year-old Kelowna-native has been on a fantastic run of form over the last two weeks, with points in seven of his last 8 games. In that span he has registered 5 goals and 7 assists.

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Kessel and Schultz shine in 13-goal barnburner December 06, 2016

Both Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz made a big splash on the score sheet last night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 8-5. Down 4-3 in the second period, the dynamic duo went to work, scoring goals 23 seconds apart to give the Penguins the lead. Kessel would eventually go on to be named the third star of the game, finishing the contest with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a +3 rating. Schultz added an assist to his second period goal, and also registered 3 shots on net and 2 blocked shots. The Kelowna, British Columbia-native is currently on a 4-game point streak, tallying 3 goals and 3 assists in that span.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the recap here

Schultz inks new deal with Pittsburgh July 13, 2016

Fresh off being crowned Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins came to terms with one of their trade deadline coups on Wednesday, signing defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.  The native of Kelowna, British Columbia made a solid impression in his short stint with the Penguins last season, tallying 8 points in 18 regular games down the stretch, before registering 4 assists in 15 playoff encounters.  

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Schultz impresses in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals May 31, 2016

Justin Schultz assisted on the first goal of the game last night, in the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 25-year-old native of Kelowna, British Columbia also logged 18:53 of ice-time, the most he has played in the 2016 Playoffs to date. In his last 6 games, the offensive D-man has 3 assists, a plus/minus rating of +4, and 14 shots on net.

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Justin Schultz traded to cup contending Penguins February 29, 2016

Justin Schultz was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, giving the 25-year-old defenseman his first opportunity at a potential playoff appearance.  The native of Kelowna, British Columbia had tallied 28 goals and 101 points in 248 games with the Edmonton Oilers. He had his best season in 2013-14, where he registered career-highs in both goals (11) and points (33).

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Schultz and Oilers agree to 1-year deal July 16, 2015

The Edmonton Oilers came to terms with defenseman Justin Schultz on Wednesday, signing the 25-year-old to a one-year, $3.9 million US contract. The dynamic offensive D-man set career highs in games played (81) and assists (25) in 2014-15. In 203 NHL games, the Kelowna, British Columbia native has tallied 25 goals and 66 assists.

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Schultz stars in Oilers exhibition opener September 22, 2014

Justin Schultz got his preseason off to a flying start on Sunday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.  The 24-year-old native of Kelowna, British Columbia finished tied for 14th in goals by a defenseman last year with 11. He also registered career highs in assists (22) and points (33).

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Schultz signs with Oilers on a one-year deal August 29, 2014

The Edmonton Oilers and Justin Schultz have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.675 million contract today, and the 24-year-old says he is ready to prove his worth in the short and long term. Signed as an undrafted defenseman out of the University of Wisconsin in 2012, Schultz has shown that he can potentially be a No. 1 D-man in the NHL. He led the Oilers in ice-time last year with 23 minutes a game, scoring 11 goals and 22 assists in 74 games.

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Schultz the hero in Oilers triumph March 17, 2014

Justin Schultz scored the winning goal in the third period of a hard fought, 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The native of Kelowna, BC was named the first star of the match after registering a goal and an assist, 4 shots, and a +1 rating. The goal was his 9th of the year, one better than his output as a rookie last season.  

For more on the Oilers win, keep reading the story here.

Justin Schultz looks to build on solid first campaign September 20, 2013

With one season under his belt, defenseman Justin Schultz will be looking to complement his formidable offensive game with a little more defensive polish in 2013-14. As is the case with most of Edmonton’s youngsters, patience will be the key for Schultz and his development.  The consensus, though, is that the 23-year-old will continue to improve, and maybe even exceed the already lofty expectations put upon him.

For more on Schultz, keep reading the piece here.

Justin Schultz primed to take game to next level August 21, 2013

Entering his sophomore season, Justin Schultz is already a household name thanks to a fantastic rookie campaign. Last year, the 23-year-old put up stellar numbers, leading all rookie defenseman in points with 27. With the Oilers bolstering their D-corps this summer, Schultz is looking forward to a big year in Edmonton, and is anxious to get the season underway.

For more on Schultz, keep reading the piece here

Stamkos, Schultz and Eberle impress in win over Sweden May 10, 2013

Steven Stamkos is not letting the disappointment of missing the NHL playoffs get to him. In four games thus far in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, Stamkos leads the Canadian squad with 3 goals and 4 assists, tying him for first overall in the tournament.

The Lightning marksman was at it again last night, netting the winning goal in Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden.  Earlier in the week, Stamkos racked up 4 points in a convincing, 7-1 rout of Norway.

Justin Schultz had one of his better games to date, assisting on Stamkos’ second-period, PP goal. The rookie blue-liner stood out, impressing with his puck distribution and vision on the ice.

Jordan Eberle had another solid game for Canada, setting up his linemates for numerous opportunities. The Oiler standout has 5 assists in 5 games thus far in the tournament.

For more on last night’s contest, keep reading the Edmonton Journal article here