August 30, 2017
Defenseman Beau Schmitz returns to the Walleye
(Toledo, OH) – Defenseman Beau Schmitz has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2017-18 season.
Schmitz set career highs this past season with 31 assists and 35 points for the Walleye, his second season in Toledo. The native of Howell, Michigan has appeared in 135 games over two seasons for Toledo while posting 48 points (9G, 39A) with 90 penalty minutes and a plus 26. Schmitz has 197 career games at the ECHL level with ten goals, 51 assists and 125 penalty minutes.
Head Coach Dan Watson said of Beau, “He is a steady presence along our blue that has been proven with his play over the previous two seasons. Each and every game we can count on Beau to bring max effort to the ice.”
During the 2014-15 year, Schmitz skated the whole season with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. In 38 games played, he posted seven assists and 26 penalty minutes. Since turning professional, the 26-year-old defenseman has appeared in 82 games at the AHL level (all with Charlotte), scoring six goals with 17 assists and 56 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning professional, Schmitz picked up 152 points (35G, 117A) over four years and 244 games with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League. He was an OHL Third Team All-Star in 2011-12 when collected career highs in goals (14), assists (40) and points (54). Schmitz was team captain over his final two seasons with the Whalers.