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Nate Schmidt

Born:July 16, 1991Draft:Signed by the Capitals in 2013
Hometown:St. Cloud, MNPosition:Defence
Known For:PersonalityShoots:Left
National Team:United States

Nathan Thomas Schmidt (born July 16, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights.

As an undrafted player, Schmidt signed with the Capitals in 2013 after playing for the University of Minnesota. He was claimed by the expansion Golden Knights in 2017, and was part of the upstart inaugural season that saw them become the first NHL expansion team to qualify for the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season against his former team, the Capitals.

Schmidt was traded to the Canucks during the 2020 offseason when the Golden Knights needed cap space to sign unrestricted free agent (UFA) defenceman Alex Pietrangelo.

Nate Schmidt Vancouver Canucks
Nate Schmidt, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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  • NCAA Two-time All-Academic Team member (2012, 2013)
  • Named to the NCAA (WCHA) First All-Star Team in 2013