The Minnesota men's hockey program closed out the 2012-13 season -- Minnesota's final campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) -- with a share of the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions, the program's 34th NCAA tournament appearance and a 26-9-5 overall record.
In the third episode of Gopher Hockey: Pride on Ice the Gopher men's hockey team reflects on the 2013 Hockey City Classic outdoor game vs. Wisconsin and ahead to the WCHA Final Five and NCAA Tournament.
2012-13 Junior Season:All-WCHA First Team selection and an All-America candidate appeared in all 40 games this season as a junior for the Gophers led all WCHA defensemen and ranked tied for third among all NCAA defensemen 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) a +15 for the season with five power-play goals and one game winner was the leading scorer among defensemen in the WCHA, with 30 points, during the regular season. tallied his first point of the season with an assist on Brady Skjei's first collegiate goal against Michigan State (10-13) scored his first goal of the season at Michigan Tech (10/19) had two points, a goal and an assist, versus Minnesota State (11/2) assisted on a pair of power-play goals up in Alaska against the Seawolves (11/9) collected one assist each game of a two-game series at Vermont. (11/23-24) recorded an assist each night of a two-game series against Nebraska Omaha to run his points streak to four games (11/30-12/1) scored a power-play goal to help the Gophers beat Boston College and claim the Mariucci Classic (12/30) posted a pair of assists in a 7-1 victory against Alaska Anchorage (1/11) registered four assists, a career best in assists and points, in a 7-1 victory against Alaska Anchorage (1/12) tallied a goal early in the third period to give Minnesota a two-goal cushion over North Dakota (1/18) netted the Gophers only goal of the game against Minnesota State (1/25) scored his third goal in four games in a 4-1 victory at Minnesota State (1/26) set up Erik Haula's game-winning goal and scored a third-period goal of his own in a victory over his hometown St. Cloud State Huskies (2/8) got the Gophers on the board with a power-play goal at St. Cloud State (2/9) recorded the primary assist on Kyle Rau's game-winning goal in game one of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/15) started Minnesota's third period rally against Yale in the NCAA tournament with his ninth goal of the year All-WCHA Academic Team selection.
2011-12 Sophomore Season: Named to the All-WCHA Second Team WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Feb. 28 set a career high in goals (3), assists (38) and points (41) while playing in 43 games led team, all defensemen nationally, and was third in the nation with 38 assists his 38 assists placed him sixth all-time in school history for assists by a defenseman in a single season led team in power-play points (28) and blocked shots (52) led team with a +24 rating tookonly sevenminor penalties all year made his season debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and picked up two assists had two assists at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) scored his first career goal as a Gopher and added two assists versus Vermont (10/23) handed two assists at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) recorded two assists against St. Cloud State (11/19) had a career high three assists and was a +4 against Michigan Tech (12/10) picked up two assists against Niagara (12/30) picked up two points (1g-1a) at North Dakota (1/14), scoring his first goal in 18 games had one assist and blocked a team-high four shots at Nebraska Omaha (2/24) recorded two assists at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) scored an unassisted, power-play goal that clinched the MacNaughton Cup outright against Wisconsin (3/3) assisted on both of Minnesota's goals in a 2-1 win against Alaska Anchorage in Game 1 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs (3/9) picked up two assists against North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five semifinals (3/16) had two assists against Boston University (3/24) in the NCAA West Regional semifinals blocked a team-high four shots against North Dakota in the NCAA West Regional championship game.
2010-11 Freshman Season: Skated in 13 games and had one assist made collegiate debut against Massachusetts (10/8) earned his first collegiate point (an assist) against Ferris State (1/1) point came in his seventh career game was playing third line left wing when he picked up the assist instead of his customary defensive position played in back-to-back WCHA series games (played left wing instead of defense) for the first and only time of the season at North Dakota (Jan. 14-15).
International: Played for the U.S. Under-17 team that earned a silver medal at the Five Nations Cup in the Czech Republic in 2007.
High School: Played one season with the Fargo Force of the USHL ranked seventh on the team and first among Force defensemen in points with 37 (14g-23a) in 57 games collected six assists in team's run to the Clark Cup final selected to USHL All-Star team and USHL All-Rookie team head coach was current St. Cloud assistant coach Steve Johnson played three years of high school at St. Cloud Cathedral head coach was Eric Johnson helped lead team to Class A state semi-final earned all-Wright County Conference honors all three years he played and earned all-state honors in his final year was the second-highest scoring defenseman in the state when he recorded 53 points (25g-28a) in 31 games in 2008-09.
Personal: Plans to major in Business Management lists baseball, hunting, and fishing as hobbies lists 2010 Clark Cup playoff run with Fargo Force as most memorable sports thrill son of Tom and JoAnn Schmidt born July 16, 1991.