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Former Flyer Nick Schultz Discusses Team’s Present, Future

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It’s been almost seven years since Nick Schultz skated in his 1,069th and final NHL game. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native is most known for his time with the Minnesota Wild. After all, he was the franchise’s second pick in their inaugural NHL Draft in 2000, once served as team captain, and still sits third in the franchise’s all-time games played list, dressing for 743 games in 10 seasons.

However, Schultz has now been with the Flyers organization for almost as long. After playing 189 games across three seasons with the Orange and Black, he and his family never left the Philadelphia area. In June 2019, the Flyers brought him back into the fold as a player development coach. Last summer, he was promoted to assistant director of player development.

The Hockey Writers caught up with Schultz recently, getting his thoughts on everything from life after a 15-year NHL career to his work in player development to his feelings on the 2023-24 Flyers.

Post-Playing Days

The adjustment period from going to the rigidity of playing a professional sport to stepping out of the spotlight can be tough for some athletes.

“I think probably more so the first couple years and definitely the next year like you’re when you’re just starting out, I think a little bit more,” Schultz said. “But I was fortunate enough. I think with my son playing himself; we get a chance to coach him and his team and stuff and do the player home and stuff for Flyers that have been good. So you’re kind of still involved in the game, which is helpful.”

Schultz’s son, Jake, is a 16-year-old playing for St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia and the Flyers Elite 16UAAA teams. Though Schultz misses the playing side, being able to spend more time with Jake and his two daughters has been special.

“It’s tough when you’re playing it’s hard. You’re not around a lot. You’re traveling lots with a team and stuff,” Schultz said. “So it’s kind of nice [to be around more]. I was fortunate. We had our kids at a young enough age. You know, when I retired, I still had plenty of time to, you know, to help out, and he was at a good age to be able to get on the ice with him and his team and help out, you know, himself and his group of friends and teammates and stuff. So it’s been fun.”

Nick Schultz with the Minnesota Wild (Source: XGeorge, Wikipedia Commons)

Schultz’s NHL journey took him to four different stops. After starting with the Wild in 2001-02, he remained in Minnesota until…

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