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First NHL Game and First NHL Goal for USHL Alumni

Tuesday December 10, 2013

Patrick Wey and Nate Schmidt both were defensemen in the USHL, but they were teammates on Saturday in the NHL with the Washington Capitals. (photos by Getty Images)

Wey debuts in NHL and Schmidt scores first NHL goal

A pair of USHL alumni had nights to remember on Saturday when they suited up for the Washington Capitals.  Defenseman Patrick Wey was making his NHL debut and defenseman Nate Schmidt would score his first NHL goal.

Wey was called up earlier in the week from the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, where he had recorded three points (1g, 2a) in seven games during his first professional season.  He would log 13:26 minutes of ice time on Saturday, firing one shot on goal, dished out one hit, and blocked a shot.

Wey spent two seasons in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks (2007-09).  He finished seventh in scoring among League defensemen during the 2008-09 season with 34 points (7g, 27a) while posting a plus-22 rating.  He would go on to be selected by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native had a four-year career at Boston College, recording 33 points (4g, 29a) over 133 games at the school and was part of two NCAA championship teams (2010, 2012).

Schmidt was appearing in his 25th NHL game on Saturday after making his debut earlier in the season for the Washington Capitals.  His goal came on a slapshot early in the third period that beat Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec.  It made the score 4-1 and the Capitals would go on to earn a 5-2 victory.

In addition to his goal, Schmidt equaled a game high with a plus-three rating, plus dished out a hit and blocked three shots in 18:29 minutes of ice time.  The 22-year-old would earn third start of the game honors.

Schmidt spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL with the Fargo Force and recorded 37 points (14g, 23a) in 57 regular season games.  Five of his goals were game-winners.  He also dished out six assists in 13 playoff games to help the Force reach the Clark Cup Final series.  He tied for fifth among League defensemen in scoring and would earn a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team.

The defenseman would go on to a three-year collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, recording 74 points (12g, 62a) in 96 games at the school.  He signed a contract with the Capitals following his junior season and made his professional hockey debut with their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, in the spring of 2013.

USHL stats – Patrick Wey

USHL stats – Nate Schmidt

Video – Schmidt’s first NHL goal

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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