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FORMER TIGER SCHLEMKO SELECTED IN EXPANSION DRAFT

Medicine Hat, AB — Wednesday night history was made for the newest member of the National Hockey League, the Vegas Golden Knights. The entire hockey nation embarked on Las Vegas for their annual Awards night as the game’s biggest stars took home hardware including Connor McDavid. The highlight of the entire night was the expansion draft as the Golden Knights brass had 2 days to compile their picks from the other 30 franchises. Vegas had to select 1 player from the other clubs from a unprotected list released Sunday afternoon.

13 former Tigers were left unprotected by their respective clubs for Wednesday’s draft.

As the expansion draft was unveiled the Golden Knights looked to go heavy on defense and when the San Jose Sharks pick came, former Tiger David Schlemko was selected and will be on the ice in the inaugural season of the Golden Knights barring any trades.

Schlemko spent 3 seasons with the Tigers and was a member of the 2007 WHL Championship winning team. Schlemko recorded 58 points that year including 50 assists and 16 points in 23 playoff games. David was the last Tigers defenceman to record 50 assists in one season until Clayton Kirichenko reached the mark in 2016-17.

Schlemko went undrafted and signed a 2 way deal with the then Phoenix Coyotes making his NHL debut in 2008-09 appearing in 3 games. Schlemko became a NHL regular in 2010-11 playing in 43 games recording 14 points. He would spend 4 seasons with the Coyotes before spending time in 2014-15 with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames. In the offseason of 2015-16 Schlemko signed a 1 year deal with the New Jersey Devils, playing in the career high 67 games and recorded 19 points.

Last season Schlemko signed a multi-year contract with the San Jose Sharks and recorded 18 points in 62 games and added 3 more points in 6 playoff games. Overall, David has played in 360 NHL games and has put up 87 points.

Congratulations to David and his family and the best of luck in Las Vegas!

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2004-05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 5 24 29 23 15 13 0 3 3 10
2005-06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 69 9 35 44 44 17 13 2 5 7 15
2006-07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 8 50 58 78 12 23 3 13 16 12
2007-08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 1 0 0 0 4 0
2007-08 Arizona Sundogs CHL 58 10 29 39 24 12 14 3 5 8 6
2008-09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 68 7 22 29 20 -15
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -2
2009-10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 55 5 26 31 30 -4
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 1 4 5 8 1
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 43 4 10 14 24 8 4 1 0 1 4
2010-11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 0 0 2 -4
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 46 1 10 11 10 7 5 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Arizona Sundogs CHL 14 3 7 10 4 7
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 1 5 6 12 8
2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 1 8 9 18 2
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 20 1 3 4 4 -5
2014-15 Portland Pirates AHL 2 1 3 4 0 2
2014-15 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 19 0 0 0 8 6 11 0 1 1 2
2015-16 New Jersey Devils NHL 67 6 13 19 16 -22
2016-17 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 2 16 18 14 4 6 2 1 3 2
NHL Totals 360 17 70 87 114 26 3 2 5
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