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Jaden Schwartz

Jaden Schwartz
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Schwartz with the Blues in 2014
Born (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 27)
Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2010
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2012–present

Jaden Schwartz (born June 25, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schwartz was selected 14th overall by the Blues in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Schwartz won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues, leading the team in goal scoring during the playoffs.

Playing career

Minor hockey

Schwartz played minor hockey at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. As a bantam, Schwartz helped Notre Dame to win the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he also played at the midget level, helping the Hounds to a victory at the 2007 Mac's AAA midget hockey tournament. Schwartz and Notre Dame played at the Mac's Tournament again in 2008. Schwartz was named the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League Top Forward for the 2007-08 season after leading the league in scoring.[3] While playing Midget AAA at the school, he scored 39 goals and added 72 assists in 44 games to break team scoring records previously held by Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards.[1]

Junior

Schwartz began his hockey career playing junior ice hockey for his hometown Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. During the 2008-09 season with the Hounds, Schwartz finished fifth in league scoring with 34 goals and 42 assists in 46 games.[4] At the end of the season, he was named the SJHL's Rookie of the Year.[5] Schwartz transferred to the Tri-City Storm of the American Tier I Jr. A United States Hockey League. Schwartz captured the 2009-10 USHL scoring title with 83 points in 60 games.[1] He was also named to the league's First All-Star Team and was awarded Top Offensive Player honours.[1]

College

Schwartz with Colorado College in March 2011

On January 22, 2008, Schwartz committed to play NCAA Division I college ice hockey at Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for the 2010-11 season.[1] Schwartz helped Colorado College to an NCAA Tournament appearance where the team was seeded in the West regional held at the Scottrade Center, in St. Louis. In the first round, he recorded two goals and two assists to help Colorado College defeat the reigning NCAA champion and number one-seeded Boston College 8-4.[6] He also assisted on the lone goal, scored by his brother, Rylan Schwartz, in the second-round game against Michigan.[7] Schwartz finished his freshman season at Colorado College with 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points in 30 games.[8] His 47 points was first on the team and he recorded four game-winning goals and eight powerplay goals.[8]

During his sophomore season at Colorado College, Schwartz recorded 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points in only 30 games, missing six due to the World Junior Tournament.[9] He led the Tigers in points and assists for the season;[9][10] four of his 15 goals were recorded as game-winning goals and five of his goals came on the power play.[9] On March 10, 2012, Colorado College lost 3-4 in overtime to Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.[11] On March 12, 2012, Schwartz decided to forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility and signed a three-year entry level contract with the St. Louis Blues.[12]

Professional career

The St. Louis Blues signed Schwartz to an entry-level contract on March 12, 2012, subsequently adding him to their NHL roster.[13] After travelling and practicing with the team for a week, he was given his first opportunity for NHL play after winger Andy McDonald received a shoulder injury.[14] Schwartz made his NHL debut on March 17, 2012, in Tampa Bay, skating on the second line with Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Berglund. During the game, he scored his first NHL goal, a game-winner, from his first NHL shot on the powerplay at the 19:24 mark of the first period, when he intercepted a rebound in front of the net and beat goaltender Dwayne Roloson.[15] On September 27, 2014, Schwartz agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million contract extension with the Blues after an off-season surrounded with uncertainty about whether he would rejoin the club. Following Vladimir Sobotka's departure for the KHL's Avangard Omsk, Schwartz switched to number 17 beginning in the 2014-15 season, having previously worn number 9 in his Blues career. The change made as a tribute to his late sister, who wore the number playing hockey at Yale, before being diagnosed with leukemia.[16]

On July 15, 2016, the Blues signed Schwartz to a five-year contract for $26.75 million, avoiding arbitration.[17]

Schwartz won the 2019 Stanley Cup Final with the Blues, St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in their 52-year franchise history. He had two hat tricks during the playoffs and led the Blues in playoff goals with 12 goals.[18]

International play

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Schwartz as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver medal - second place
Bronze medal - third place
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal - first place
Representing  Canada West
World Junior A Challenge
Silver medal - second place

Schwartz represents Canada internationally. His first experience with Hockey Canada came while representing Team West at the World Junior A Challenge in 2008, capturing a silver medal and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2009, with a fourth-place finish. Schwartz helped Canada capture a gold medal at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[3] Schwartz scored a goal and added an assist in the gold medal game.[19] He was selected to represent Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships. In his second game of the tournament, against the Czech Republic, Schwartz suffered a fractured ankle and was sidelined for the rest of the tournament.[20] He was selected the next year to Team Canada for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Calgary and named team captain.[21] Playing Russia in the semifinal, Schwartz recorded a goal and five shots to be named Canada's player of the game in a 6-5 losing effort.[22] He finished the tournament with five points (two goals and three assists) over six games, as Canada won the bronze medal over Finland.[23]

On April 12, 2018, Schwartz was named to Team Canada's senior team for the first time to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[24]

Personal life

Schwartz was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan and grew up in Wilcox, Saskatchewan,[1] to Rick and Carol Schwartz. He has an older brother, Rylan, who also played hockey at Colorado College,[25] now with the Thomas Sabo (Nuremberg) Ice Tigers in the German DEL, and had an older sister Mandi who played hockey with the Yale Bulldogs women's ice hockey team until she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2008.[26] Despite trying to find a donor for Mandi and, in the process, raising awareness of bone marrow and stem cell transplants,[26] Mandi died in April 2011 following a third relapse of the cancer.[27][28]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 46 34 42 76 15 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Tri-City Storm USHL 60 33 50 83 18 3 3 0 3 0
2010-11 Colorado College WCHA 30 17 30 47 22 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Colorado College WCHA 30 15 26 41 18 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 2 1 3 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 33 9 10 19 14 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 7 6 13 4 6 0 1 1 2
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 25 31 56 27 6 1 2 3 0
2014-15 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 28 35 63 16 6 1 2 3 0
2015-16 St. Louis Blues NHL 33 8 14 22 8 20 4 10 14 6
2016-17 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 19 36 55 18 11 4 5 9 2
2017-18 St. Louis Blues NHL 62 24 35 59 26 -- -- -- -- --
2018-19 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 11 25 36 16 26 12 8 20 2
NHL totals 449 124 183 307 115 75 22 28 50 12

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2 1 2 3 0
2012 Canada WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 2 3 5 4
Junior totals 8 3 5 8 4

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Schwartz, Jaden". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "2010 NHL Entry Draft". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Jaden Schwartz". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "SJHL 2008-09 scoring". Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Retrieved 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ "SJHL Past Award Winners". Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ Purcell, Chad (March 25, 2011). "Schwartz brothers are keys for Tigers". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  7. ^ Weston, Paula C. (March 26, 2011). "Michigan punches Frozen Four ticket by downing Colorado College". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Colorado College Tigers Men's Hockey 2010-2011 Team Statistics". U.S. College Hockey Online. March 26, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b c Gomez, Brian (March 13, 2012). "Jaden Schwartz leaves CC, signs pro contract with Blues". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ Staff (March 12, 2012). "Blues Ink F Schwartz to Contract; To Make NHL Debut Tuesday". TSN. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  11. ^ AP Staff (March 11, 2012). "Michigan Tech beats Colorado College 4-3 in OT". Greenwich Time. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Staff (March 13, 2012). "Schwartz leaves Colorado College for NHL deal with St. Louis". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Blues Sign Schwartz to Entry Level Deal: Schwartz, the Blues' first-round pick in 2010, will join the team in Chicago, NHL.com, March 12, 2012, retrieved 2012
  14. ^ Goold, Derrick (March 17, 2012). "Team Canada captain Schwartz set for NHL debut". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  15. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy (March 17, 2012). "Final: Blues 3, Lightning 1". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "Blues' Jaden Schwartz switches from No. 9 to late sister's 17". CBC News. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Tucker, Cam (July 15, 2016). "Blues sign Schwartz to five-year deal, avoiding arbitration (Updated: It's official)". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/players/jaden-schwartz/550764/
  19. ^ "Canada Hammers Russia 9-2 in U18 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010.[dead link]
  20. ^ Mirtle, James (December 30, 2010). "Canada's Jaden Schwartz knocked out of World Juniors". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010.[dead link]
  21. ^ Staff (December 22, 2012). "Schwartz to Captain Canada's Team at Word Juniors". TSN. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  22. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. January 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  23. ^ "Games & Results". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012.[dead link]
  24. ^ "HOCKEY CANADA NAMES FIRST 18 PLAYERS TO 2018 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER". hockeycanada.ca. April 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Player Profile: Rylan Schwartz". Eliteprospects.com.
  26. ^ a b "NHL draft a family matter for CC recruit Schwartz". Colorado Springs Gazette. June 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010.[dead link]
  27. ^ Blues Mourn Loss of Mandi Schwartz: Mandi, sister of Blues draft choice Jaden Schwartz, succumbs to cancer, NHL.com (April 3, 2011)
  28. ^ Mandi Schwartz Leaves Memorable Legacy, NHL.com (April 4, 2011)
  29. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014.
  30. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. June 12, 2019. Retrieved 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Rundblad
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Vladimir Tarasenko

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