Schulz honored for 4 years work on, off the ice
KENT ISLAND — During his last tournament as a Kent Island High School hockey player, senior Dorsey Schulz received the 2017 Yvon Labre Award for his accomplishments on and off the ice for his work throughout the past four years.
The award, presented by the Maryland Student Hockey League, recognizes a player’s work ethic, skills, leadership characteristics, dedication to the game and community involvement.
As a four-year varsity hockey player as a Buccaneer, Schulz tallied 45 total points in 44 games, which included 22 goals, 23 assists and a plus-minus of 12. And he did all of that as a defenseman.
Wearing the number 12 on the back of his jersey, Schulz wore a “C” on the front as he lead the 9-4-1 team as captain his senior year. As a junior he was honored as assistant captain.
In his nomination letter to the MHSL committee, Coach Fred Christie called Schulz the “heart of our team” and a person who leads by example through hard work. Christie recognized that that work ethic doesn’t end when he leaves the ice, but continues into the classroom and community.
Schulz said being involved with the community has been something he and his family have done since he was a kid. He said he feels a need to do things for those around him.
Christie called Schulz a “model citizen” in the high school hockey league as he always showed great sportsmanship and leadership.
“The team always came first with him, not individual statistics and accolades,” Christie said in the letter. “He is a class act.”
As well as receiving the Yvon Labre Award, Schulz also received the 2017 Hobey Baker High School Character Award. According to MHSL, the award is to “develop, recognize and reward exemplary character and sportsmanship” in high school student-athletes.
Also nominated by Christie, the nominee had to demonstrate a number of factors, such as integrity, coach-ability, outstanding citizenship and community spirit, according to MHSL.
On top of all his accomplishments, including being named captain of the men’s varsity soccer team and sustaining a 4.0 grade point average, Schulz was asked to participate in the 2017 Americas Showcase Tournament with Team Mar yland. The team consists of players from throughout the state that participated in Pittsburg, Penn., in April in a competition where scouts had the opportunity to watch people play.
Schulz, who was accepted to the University of Delaware, University of Maryland College Park and Pennsylvania State University, hopes to continue playing hockey on the club level his next four years in school. Schulz said he was leaning toward attending Pennsylvania State University after being accepted into the Smeal College of Business.
After a year of playing football with a group of his friends, Schulz and company decided to give hockey a try in middle school. He said one of the reasons he liked hockey, as well as sports in general, was the camaraderie created and the friendships gained. He said he fondly remembers the bus rides to games and the locker room conversations.
Now with sports finished, Schulz is waiting for his grades to finalize before breaking out a contract he created prior to high school signed by his father. Written by Schulz and notarized, the contract stated if he received straight A’s throughout school a hunting trip of his choice was to be had.
Arkansas, the duck capital of the world, Schulz said, is one spot he’s got his eye on.
Schulz is the son of Jody and Sheri Schulz of Chester and the grandson of former County Commissioner Oscar “Sonny” Schulz and the late Betty Schulz.
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