Longtime NHL defensive defenseman Nick Schultz was born August 25, 1982 in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound blueliner brought both good size and mobility to the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders and was drafted in the second round (33rd) overall of the 2000 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
A member of Team Canada's squads at the 2000-01 (bronze medal) and 2001-02 (silver medal) World Junior Championships. He broke into the NHL with the Wild in 2001-02, dressing in 52 games.
Schultz spent a decade as a mainstay on the Minnesota blueline. He later spent portions of three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and a short stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013-14. Schultz also chipped in two goals, 13 assists and 15 points. On July 2, 2014, the unrestricted free agent signed a one-year contract with the Flyers.
The veteran defenseman played well for the Flyers in 2014-15, providing a calming presence, 166 blocked shots, 113 credited hits and was charged with just 23 giveaways in 80 games while averaging 19:02 of ice time, including an average 2:42 per game on the penalty kill. He signed a two-year contract extension on February 18, 2015.
In 2015-16, Schultz appeared in 81 of 82 regular season games and played in all six games of the Flyers' first-round playoff series loss to the Washington Capitals. During the regular season, he blocked 171 shots, was credited with 83 hits and averaged 17:41 of ice time (2:54 on the penalty kill), and added 10 points (one goal, nine assists).
On January 13, 2016, Schultz played in his 1,000th NHL regular season game. By the end of the 2015-16 season, he had 1,041 regular season games and 32 playoff matches to his credit. In his international hockey career, Schultz was a member of Team Canada's gold-medal winning teams at the 2004 and 2007 IIHF World Championships, and also played in the 2006 tourney. Overall, he had 41 IIHF-tournament games for Team Canada (27 at the senior level, 14 at the Under-20 junior level) to his credit.