Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Jimmy Schuldt doesn’t have to look far for motivation to keep playing hockey.

The sophomore-to-be at St. Cloud State just has to look in the stands most of the time. That’s where his brother Joe, sporting Jimmy’s No. 22 jersey, is usually sitting. Joe’s career ended prematurely, concussion and knee issues forcing him to quit hockey after his freshman season at Michigan Tech.

So now Jimmy, in a way, plays for both of them.

“That’s always been my inspiration,” said Schuldt, who participated in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week. “If I think I can’t push any further I just think about what he would do to be in my position. It’s really all the motivation I need.”

Jimmy said he and Joe both had physical games, especially when they played together in high school. Jimmy added that his brother also fought a lot in juniors. The concussions, coupled with bad knees, cut Joe’s career short.

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“Obviously it’s a physical game. His knees were bad, too; he had surgery on both knees. The way he played took a toll on him,” Schuldt said. “It’s really rough when someone has to cut their career short because of concussions.”

St. Cloud is about an hour’s drive from Minnetonka, Minn., where Schuldt’s family lives. So Joe goes to all of Jimmy’s games there, as well as when St. Cloud visits Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s tough that Joe can no longer play hockey but Jimmy plays – and is motivated – by his brother every time he’s on the ice.

“I always looked up to him, always try to play with the same grit he played with,” Schuldt said. “He’s wearing that No. 22 jersey and I always try to spot him in the stands. So it’s cool to see him there.”

SportingNews Top 50 NHL Prospects lists Boqvist at 10 and Kirby Dach at 13

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SportingNews Top 50 NHL Prospects lists Boqvist at 10 and Kirby Dach at 13

NHL draft analyst Steve Kournianos released his list for Top 50 players in NHL pipelines for the upcoming 2019-20 season. To the delight of Blackhawks fans everywhere, Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach were ranked at number 10 and 13 respectively.

Kournianos described 19-year-old defender Boqvist as a dominant rookie with 40 assists and 20 goals during his tenure with the London Knights. Fans speculate whether the Blackhawks will keep Boqvist on his junior squad for another year or pull him up to play with the American Hockey League Rockford Ice Hogs.

Kournianos said Dach was one of Team Canada’s top players at the World Junior Summer Showcase. The 18-year-old center is sure to be one of Canada’s main forwards during World Juniors and Dach has the flexibility to play anywhere in the Blackhawks lineup. Dach’s entry-level contract allows him up to nine NHL games this season, giving him the chance to return to the AHL or NHL after his junior season in the Western Hockey League is finished.

Both Boqvist and Dach are key player for the future of this team and it will interesting to watch the Hawks develop these younger players.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: An inside look at the Blackhawks Hockey Ops department with Senior VP Al MacIsaac

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.

0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years

4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer

5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders

6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season

8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics

10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs

12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development

14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops

16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group

18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard

20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season

22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

Blackhawks Talk Podcast