Edinburgh Capitals have captured the signing of tough Canadian forward Ian Schultz for the 2016/17 campaign.
Ian Schultz is a 6ft 2” and 216lb right wing who has grit and skill in equal measures. The 26 year old from Calgary, Alberta, adds a great deal of offense to the Capitals roster. His credentials include an impressive point scoring record through his career to date in the likes of the American Hockey League (average 0.24pts per game) and East Coast Hockey League (0.62pts per game).
However, there is also another element to his game that makes Schultz such a valuable commodity in ice hockey. He is equally at ease scoring, assisting, or will happily drop his gloves in order to protect his team mates regardless of the opponent. In signing a player such as this, the Capitals believe they have captured the ideal all round hockey player, someone who enforces, but equally also provides a huge amount of offensive threat each night.
In terms of career to date, Schultz began his career in his home town of Calgary. He played bantam/midget hockey before moving in to the Western Hockey League (Junior) in 2007. Playing for the Calgary Hitmen he was to score 55 goals, make 72 assists and rack up 405 penalty minutes in 196 games over three seasons. In his final year with the Hitmen, 2009-10, Schultz captained the side to the Western Hockey League championship.
In 2008 whilst playing for the Hitmen, Schultz was drafted in to the NHL – Round 3, 87th overall by the St Louis Blues. On joining the professional ranks two years later, in June 2010 he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League. In 107 games between 2010 and 2013 he combined a credible scoring record with the role of enforcer.
Over the past 3 seasons Schultz has played primarily in the ECHL for the Allen Americans and in 2014-15 picked up the Kelly Cup (play off championship) with the side, adding this to his WHL title. On that Kelly Cup run Schultz made a huge contribution with 16 points in 17 games (and 51 penalty minutes).
When Schulz became available the Capitals moved quickly. On choosing this moment to move to Europe and the Capitals, Schultz said “I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play in Edinburgh this year. I’ve had success in my 6 years pro in North America and have always heard it's a different game over in Europe. I'd like to try my hand at that. I've always considered myself a good 2 way player, and with the bigger ice I'm sure it will test all my abilities offensively and defensively.”
On what he will bring to the team he said “I feel I'm a fairly exciting player to watch, whether it be my play making abilities, scoring a big goal, or setting up someone else for a goal. Or if it's the rough and tumble stuff I'm not afraid to get my nose dirty and above all I absolutely love to win.”
Schultz ended our conversation with a message for the Capitals fans “I'm looking forward to meeting as many of the fans as possible. Hopefully we can put on an entertaining and exciting show every single game this year and thank you for the continued support of the Capitals.”
Michal Dobron said of the capture of the highly rated Canadian “Ian was a player who when we realised was open to a move to Europe we moved fast to sign. Caps fans will love him, he is an offensive threat but also happy to protect the team, something I felt we needed. Players like Ian, who have toughness and skill are not easy to find, we’ve just brought in someone who I know the fans are going to love every single game.”
We believe that in Ian Schultz we have added someone who supporters will enjoy watching each and every game. Welcome to the club Ian, from all at the Edinburgh Capitals.
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