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BLOG: Akira Schmid Named USHL Goaltender of the Year

The 21-year-old goaltender signed ECL with Devils last month

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Fresh off of signing his first professional contract with the Devils, goaltending prospect Akira Schmid has been recognized as Goaltender of the Year in the USHL for the 2020-21 season.

Schmid had a stand-out season with 22 wins, 13 losses, and one overtime loss in 36 games with the Sioux City Musketeers. 

His 2.01 goals-against average and .921 save percentage led the league, while his three shutouts tied him as the league leader. 

During this season's playoffs, Schmid went 2-2-0 with a .920 save percentage and 2.28 goals-against average.

Schmid joined the Musketeers during the 2019-20 season and appeared in seven games. In three seasons in the USHL Schmid has appeared in 86 games with a .918 save percentage. He has a record of 43-33-4 and six career shutouts. 

The Bern, Switzerland native signed his Entry-Level Contract with the Devils on May 17, 2021. He was drafted in the fifth round, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by New Jersey. 

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