September 6, 2004

Jr. | D | Bloomington, Minn.

Schmidt has a shot at becoming the first Merrimack player ever named first-team All-Hockey East.


Key Statistics: Schmidt finished third on the Warriors in scoring last season with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists). Five of his six goals came on the power play. As a freshman, he was a unanimous selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and a member of the INCH All-Rookie Team.

What He Does: In any key situation – heck, any situation at all – Schmidt is the first defenseman head coach Chris Serino wants to send over the boards. It's been that way for two years in North Andover, as Schmidt has successfully used his size, offensive skills, and heavy shot to become one of Hockey East's top defensemen.

The Bigger Picture: This season the Warriors may rely even more on Schmidt, who has been named a co-captain as a junior. His offensive gifts will be treasured, since Merrimack lost four of the top six scorers from a club that didn't exactly wear out goal judges a year ago. Led by Schmidt, some very talented defensemen return this season, including Rob LaLonde, Jeff Caron and Ryan Sullivan.

Merrimack coach Chris Serino on Schmidt: "I think our defense is very underrated. Schmidt plays a ton for us, and does a lot of things well."

— Nate Ewell

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