Gulls defenseman to participate in final evaluation tournament prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Dec. 20, 2017
Gulls defenseman Jeff Schultz was today named to the 2017 Spengler Cup roster by Hockey Canada. The Spengler Cup is the oldest club tournament in the world and the final evaluation tournament prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and will be held in Davos, Switzerland from Dec. 26-31, 2017.
Schultz, 31 (2/25/86), a native of Calgary, Alberta, is one of three American Hockey League (AHL) players to be named to Canada’s Spengler Cup roster. He has represented Canada on one occasion at the 2004 U-18 World Junior Championship in Minsk, Belarus, going scoreless in seven contests.
Selected by Washington in the first round (27th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Schultz has earned 1-3=4 points with six penalty minutes (PIM) in 19 games with San Diego this season. The 6-6, 225-pound defenseman has scored 11-65=76 points with a +78 rating and 137 PIM in 409 career NHL games with Washington (2006-13) and Los Angeles (2013-16). He has also made six trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Capitals and Kings, earning one assist (0-1=1) and 14 PIM in 36 contests. He won the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014.
This year’s tournament is also being used by Hockey Canada as one of the last opportunities to evaluate players within a short-term competition setting before selecting the group that will represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“The Spengler Cup allows us an opportunity to take another look at some players who’ve been part of earlier teams, as well as work with some new faces, just given how it aligns with other league schedules,” said Sean Burke, General Manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team. “Our goal remains to put together the best possible team to compete in PyeongChang in February. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to work with new players, and take part in this historic event.”
Canada’s first contest of the Spengler Cup will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 26 against Mountfield HK (Czech Republic) at Valliant Arena (11 a.m. PT).