April 12, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Former Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt has been named to the 2012-13 CCM Hockey All-America Second Team by the American Hockey Coaches Association after leading all Western Collegiate Hockey Association defensemen in scoring this season.
Schmidt, a two-time All-WCHA defenseman including a First Team honoree this year, ranks tied for third among all NCAA defensemen with 32 points this season including a career-high nine goals. Schmidt also leads all national defensemen and ranks tied for sixth among all skaters with 19 power-play points this season. The junior finished the year with a plus-15 rating as Minnesota led the WCHA and finished third nationally in scoring defense.
In his final year with the Gophers program, Schmidt developed into arguably Minnesota’s most valuable player in 2012-13. As a junior, the St. Cloud, Minn., native saw the ice in nearly every situation for the Gophers. In addition to backing the WCHA’s top defense, Schmidt quarterbacked the country’s top power-play unit and continued to contribute offensively with the top scoring program in the NCAA as Minnesota picked up a share of its second-straight MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions. Schmidt also saw time on the WCHA’s top penalty kill as the Gophers were ranked in the top 10 nationally in all four facets of the game.
In 96 career games at Minnesota, Schmidt tallied 74 points and 12 goals. In his final two seasons with the program, Schmidt and the Gophers won back-to-back MacNaughton Cups and made two trips to the NCAA tournament including the team’s run to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2011-12.
Schmidt signed a two-year entry level contract with the Washington Capitals last week and has two assists in two games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
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