Nick Schmaltz Named NHL 2nd Star of the Week


Buoyed by the NHL’s first seven-point performance in more than a decade, Schmaltz paced the League with 3-5-8 in two outings to help the Coyotes (16-35-4, 36 points) pick up a pair of victories and improve to 4-2-0 in their last six starts dating to Feb. 20. Schmaltz first scored the game-winning goal against the No. 1 overall team in the NHL standings, the Colorado Avalanche, in a 2-1 triumph March 3. He then set a franchise record and became the first NHL player to collect seven points in a game since Feb. 2, 2012 (Sam Gagner: 4-4-8 w/ EDM) with 2-5-7 in an 8-5 win against the Ottawa Senators March 5. The 26-year-old Madison, Wis., native – who also matched a Coyotes/Jets record for assists in a game – has played in 36 total contests this season, ranking fourth on Arizona with 14-19-33 and eighth in the entire NHL with a 21.2 shooting percentage.

Nick Schmaltz’s 7 points sets Coyotes record, most in NHL since 2012

GLENDALE, AZ – In March, a Coyotes – Senators game carries more 2022 NHL Draft Lottery implications than anything else. Might as well set a record or two, then, huh? Nick Schmaltz just did that on Saturday, generating a Coyotes-record seven points (two goals, five assists) in Arizona’s 8-5 win over the Senators.

Coyotes Enjoying Benefit of Schmaltz and Dvorak’s Childhood Connection

GLENDALE, AZ – There was no way the kids could’ve known. They were barely teenagers back then, far too preoccupied by typical teenage stuff—school, sports, friends, and so forth—to predict where life might dump them a decade down the road. As members of the Chicago Mission program, Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak spent the better part of four seasons terrorizing opposing teams before heading their separate ways. A nice run, they figured, and that was that.

Schmaltz ready to bounce back with Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ – Nick Schmaltz showed the Arizona Coyotes what he could do in a handful of games last season before sustaining a season-ending lower-body injury in late December.

Now the 23-year-old forward, who the Coyotes acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 25, 2018, for forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, is healthy heading into the first season of a seven-year contract he signed in March and said he isn’t overwhelmed by the expectations that come with it.

Coyotes Sign Schmaltz to Seven-Year Contract Extension

GLENDALE, AZ – Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside,” said Chayka. “Getting Nick signed to a long-term extension is another positive step towards building a sustainable contender here in the Valley. Ownership continues to commit the resources necessary to solidify our core group of players for years to come.”

Coyotes Confident Schmaltz Can Help Offense Produce

GLENDALE, AZ – Coyotes General Manager John Chayka had wanted to add forward Nick Schmaltz to the roster for some time. Late Sunday, after a 6-1 loss to Calgary on home ice, Chayka pulled the trigger on a two-for-one trade with Chicago and brought Schmaltz into the mix.

“He’s a guy that has top-line potential,” Chayka said Monday morning. “Speed, skill, creativity … Obviously he’s a right shot, which we need. He can play center, he can play wing. When he’s playing center, he’s an elite skater and can really push the pace from the middle of the ice. I think that adds another element and dimension to our team that we’ve been missing. Our offense hasn’t been what we would have hoped through a quarter of the season, so hopefully he can give us a boost in that regard.”

Coyotes Acquire Nick Schmaltz from Chicago in Exchange for Perlini and Strome

GLENDALE, AZ – Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced tonight that the Coyotes have acquired center Nick Schmaltz from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brendan Perlini and center Dylan Strome.

“Nick is a dynamic forward with top line potential,” said Chayka. “We feel he can be a core player of our team now and into the future. He’s a good complement to our evolving forward group and a rare combination of speed, skill and creativity.”

Schmaltz brothers savor first regular-season matchup in NHL

CHICAGO, IL – Mike Schmaltz figured it had to happen at some point.

His sons, Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz and St. Louis defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, almost played against each other in an NHL regular-season game a few times. But over the past three seasons, because of an injury or a reassignment to one of them, it never happened.

It finally did Saturday. Jordan had an assist in 11:27 and Nick played 20:55 when the Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-3 in overtime at United Center.

“It was kind of a surreal experience,” said Mike, who was there with his wife, Lisa, and about eight other family members. “A little nerve-wracking, but it was fun watching both of the boys on the ice, playing in the NHL.”