The Toledo Walleye has re-signed defenseman Beau Schmitz. BLADE PHOTO
The Walleye re-signed steady, veteran defenseman Beau Schmitz on Wednesday.
Schmitz set career highs last season with 31 assists and 35 points for Toledo. Playing in his second season with the Walleye, Schmitz scored four goals.
The native of Howell, Mich. has appeared in 135 games in Toledo while posting 48 points (9 G, 39 A) with 90 penalty minutes. Schmitz, who is 26-years-old, has played in 197 career games at the ECHL level with Florida and Toledo and has 10 goals, 51 assists, and 125 penalty minutes.
Walleye coach Dan Watson called Schmitz a steady presence along the blue line.
“He has been proven with his play over the previous two seasons that each and every game we can count on Beau to bring max effort to the ice,” Watson said.
During the 2014-15 season, Schmitz played the entire season for the Charlotte Checkers in the higher level American Hockey League. In 38 games played, he posted seven assists and 26 penalty minutes. Since turning professional in 2012-13, Schmitz has appeared in 82 games at the AHL level.
Prior to turning professional, Schmitz played in 244 junior games in the Ontario Hockey League with Plymouth. He picked up 152 points (35 G, 117 A) over four years.
Schmitz provides a steady influence with his calm demeanor. He also provided versatility and played in all situations, including on special teams.
Schmitz served as a captain for two years of his junior hockey team.
“I've always felt I was a good leader,” Schmitz told The Blade last season. “I love helping out the younger guys. My goal was always to be looked up to and to do the right thing. I take it really seriously.”
Toledo opens the regular season on the road at Quad City on Oct. 13. The Walleye will not have a home preseason game this year. Toledo has just one exhibition contest, on the road at Kalamazoo on Oct. 7.