Ty Schultz doesn’t look like someone trying to find his way anymore.
The 16-year-old New Westminster, B.C. product appears ready to make his mark with the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Tigers selected the defenceman in the first round and 16th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
Since that selection, Schultz attended two orientation camps and one main training camp. He can be a full-time player on the team this season, and he seemed visibly at ease going into the rookie camp introduction presentations on Thursday at the Esplanade.
“It is definitely a lot more intense knowing I can make the team this year,” said Schultz. “I am going to work really hard.”
Last season, Schultz had a strong campaign playing major midget AAA hockey with the Greater Vancouver Canadians. He netted three goals and 23 assists in 36 regular season games and added four assists in six playoff contests.
Thanks to those efforts, he was voted to B.C. Hockey’s major midget league all-star team.
“It was great,” said Schultz of the all-star selection. “We got a pretty nice watch out of it too, so that is not bad.”
During that season, Schultz thought he got better on the ice, and also made a lot of good decisions off the ice.
“Game-wise, my shooting definitely got a bit better,” said Schultz. “I think my improvement was mostly off the ice.
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