Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
From frozen-over backyards to roller hockey rinks to the Ice Box arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, Westbury resident Steve Schultz has just about seen it all.
The next stop on the journey for the Colorado College right-winger is the ice at the Nassau Coliseum for the New York Islanders Prospects Camp, which features some of the top young skaters in the Islanders organization and others, like Schultz, on the radar for the team’s future.
“When I got the invite to the Prospects Camp I was excited, it has been a goal of mine over the past few summers and now I am participating in one,” said Schultz.
After leading St. Mary’s (Manhasset) to three consecutive New York State championships, Schultz signed with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the 2006-2007 season. During his first and only season in the USHL, Schultz led all rookies with 68 points in 61 games and tied a USHL record with five assists in one game, four of which were tallied in a single period.
After a productive rookie season in the USHL, Schultz then committed to play for Colorado College, a top-tier Division 1 program that has made the NCAA Tournament 11 times since 1995. Current New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen is a Colorado College ice hockey product.
“My most vivid hockey memory would have to be getting a scholarship to play hockey at Colorado College and winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association MacNaughton Cup my freshman year, which is given to the regular season champions,” Schultz said.
During his sophomore season, Schultz led the team in game-winning goals with three and was second in power-play goals with five. In his junior season, he posted 19 of his career-high 20 points in his first 19 games before suffering an injury that cost the forward 11 games.
“I would describe my style of play as an offensive forward who can score goals and make plays,” said Schultz.
Schultz is set to fly back to campus in Colorado Springs for his senior year in mid-July, and during the upcoming season, he and his teammates are scheduled to play in Detroit’s storied Joe Louis Arena in late December.
Schultz is also an avid golfer and pictured himself playing a different stick-wielding sport in college if he wasn’t lacing up the skates for the Tigers.
“In high school I had to choose to pursue hockey or lacrosse,” said Schultz.
Schultz will participate in the weeklong Prospects Camp as well as the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage and Skills Competition (open to the public) on Saturday July 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at newyorkislanders.com.