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Justin Schultz
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Born July 6, 1990 (1990-07-06) (age 28)
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 2008
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2012–present

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

Playing CareerEdit

Justin 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, Justin was unable to come to terms on a contract with the team. During the last week of May of 2012, he 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 Justin or trade him. Anaheim was ultimately unable to sign him.

On June 30, 2012, he agreed to a two year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers where he played the first 34 games of his professional career in the AHL while recording 48 points in 34 games, leading all defencemen in scoring.

Justin later played his first NHL game in the first Oilers game following the 2012–13 NHL lock-out against the Vancouver Canucks.

On January 22, 2013, he scored his first goal during the next game, the Oilers' home opener, against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.

On August 28, 2014, Justin signed a new one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers valued at $3.675 million.

In the 2015–16 season (with the Oilers out of playoff contention and suffering the worst season of his professional career with 10 points in 45 games), Justin was traded from the Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third round pick in 2016 on February 27, 2016.

On June 12, 2016, he won his first Stanley Cup when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Westside Warriors BCHL 2 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Westside Warriors BCHL 57 9 31 40 28 11 3 5 8 4
2008–09 Westside Warriors BCHL 49 15 35 50 29 6 1 2 3 2
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 6 16 22 12
2010–11 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 18 29 47 28
2011–12 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 16 28 44 12
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 18 30 48 6
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 8 19 27 8
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 11 22 33 16
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 6 25 31 12
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 3 7 10 14
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 7 8 2 15 0 4 4 0
NHL totals 266 29 80 109 52 15 0 4 4 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 0 4 4 2
Senior totals 8 0 4 4 2

AccoladesEdit

Awards Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2009–10
All-WCHA First Team 2010–11
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2010–11
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2010–11
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2011–12
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12
AHL
CCM/AHL Player of the Week (Ending Oct 21) 2012–13
CCM/AHL Player of the Month (Oct 2012) 2012–13
CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month (Nov 2012) 2012–13
AHL Defenseman of the Year 2012–13
NHL
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2015–16

Personal LifeEdit

Justin was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, but he grew up in Westbank, British Columbia.

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