Schulz honored for 4 years work on, off the ice

Record Observer - - SCHOOL - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

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.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @ mike_k­ibay­times.

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