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Canucks select Jordan Schroeder

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Montreal, QC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have selected Jordan Schroeder in the first round, 22nd overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.


Schroeder, 18, concluded the 2008-09 season with 45 points (13-32-35) in 35 games with the Gophers and fourth in the NCAA with a 1.3 points per game average. He was the only freshman to finish the season in the top 50 in scoring. The 5’8”, 175 pound centre was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Year, the College Hockey News National Rookie of the Year, the Minnesota Gophers Rookie of the Year and to the All-WCHA Second Team for efforts over the season.

The Burnsville, Minnesota native, also appeared at the 2009 World Junior Championships as a member of Team USA. He led his team in scoring with 11 points and tied for second in the tournament with eight assists. Schroerder now holds the career record for Team USA at World Junior Championships with 15, surpassing Doug Weight (14).

Prior to attending the University of Minnesota, Schroeder competed for the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program for two seasons, leading the team in scoring in 2007-08 with 53 points (21-31-53) in 55 games.

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Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P PIM
2006-07 U.S. National Under-18 Team  31 12 11 23 10
2008-09 U. of Minnesota 35 13 32 45 29

FAST FACTS

• Schroeder, finished second on the Gophers with 45 points (13-32-45) in 35 games in 2008-09, and fourth in the NCAA with a 1.30 points per game average. He was the only freshman in the top 50 in scoring.

• For his successful freshman year, he was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Year, the College Hockey News National Rookie of the Year, the Minnesota Gophers Rookie of the Year and to the All-WCHA Second Team.

• Represented Team USA for the second time at the 2009 World Junior Championships leading the team in scoring with 11 points and tied for second in the tournament with eight assists in six games -- he scored points in each of the six games and became Team USA’s all-time World Junior assists leader with 15, surpassing the record of 14 previously held by NY Islanders forward Doug Weight.

• Prior to attending the University of Minnesota, Schroeder competed for the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program for two seasons, leading the team in scoring in 2007-08 with 53 points (21-31-53) in 55 games.

• In 2005-06 he played for St. Thomas Academy, helping the team to a 23-5-1 record and the Class A state championship with 62 points in 31 games.

• At the age of four he began playing hockey in the neighborhood and his first organized hockey team was the Lakeville Mites.

• He wears the number 19 because his favorite number, nine, originates from his birthday (9/29/90) and his pre-game superstition is to put the right side of his gear on first.

• Falling over and cutting himself, after body checking a dummy in a forechecking drill is his most embarrassing hockey moment and if he wasn’t playing hockey he would be a pro golfer or an agent.

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NHL Player: Marc Savard
Shootout move: Fake shot, five hole
Goal celebration:"The one hand drag with finger flip, on one knee"
Video game: Halo 3 Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
TV Show: That 70's show
Actor: Mark Wahlberg
Artist: Akon
Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Pump up song: "Bawitdaba" by Kid Rock
Home cooked meal: Walleye
Sport (other than hockey): Golf
Activity away from the rink: Xbox 360
Place to shop: Polo Ralph Lauren
Place to visit: Hawaii
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