Schmid called up to New Jersey Devils

Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 7:55 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Former Sioux City Musketeers goaltender Akira Schmid has been called up to the New Jersey Devils.

Schmid is the first ever goaltender to go directly from the USHL to professional hockey. Through 10 games with the Devils AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, Schmid has an 8-0-2 record. He’s giving up less than two goals per game and is stopping 94 percent of shots on goal.

Schmid was dominant last year with the Sioux City Musketeers, winning the USHL goaltender of the year award.

Schmid is the backup goalie for the Devils in their game against the Nashville Predators tonight.

“I just try to learn as much as I can and basically be a sponge and soak up as much information as I can to get better,” said Schmid. “Just excited to be here again and show what I can do.”

“He was in the Tyson six months ago and fighting in the playoffs,” said Musketeers head coach Luke Strand. “For him to have an opportunity, the call up is one thing and hopefully he gets his kick at the can as far as playing but fantastic. He’s a true pro. He’ll be ready if his number is called.”

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