Cleveland area veteran Karl Schultz dropped the ceremonial first puck at the Barons game on Nov. 12 against the Manitoba Moose. Schultz had just returned home to his wife and their 11 children after eight months of active duty in Iraq. Upon returning home, he wanted to grant each of his children a wish. His daughter, Katie’s, wish was to attend a hockey game together.
In an effort to make her wish come true, the Barons invited the entire Schultz family to the game. Before the game, one of the Barons corporate sponsors, The New York Spaghetti House, hosted the family for dinner at their restaurant in downtown Cleveland.
The Schultz family consists of 11 children, some of whom have special needs.
“We have three biological and eight adopted children,” Schultz said. “We started with foster care and then we started adopting them. Now, we have one grandbaby and my oldest is expecting. The family just keeps getting bigger.
“My one biological daughter, Katie, she’s my 21-year old,” he added “She enjoys hockey. It was her wish to come to the game and we’re really enjoying it. I really enjoyed dropping the first puck.”
The entire family sat rinkside, to the right of the Barons bench, to enjoy Cleveland’s 3-2 victory over their North Division rival.
“The whole family is here,” Schultz added. “In fact, my oldest, she’s married to an Air Force person in New Mexico and she was able to come home for the game also.”
Schultz, who is a truck driver, left his wife in charge of the kids while he completed eight months serving his country in Iraq.
“The Cleveland Barons organization was honored and privileged to host Karl and the entire Schultz family,” said Barons President Michael Lehr. “Karl, like many others, has made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and we are extremely happy to be able to give something back by helping fulfill Katie’s ‘wish’.” The entire Schultz family enjoys the Cleveland Barons/Manitoba Moose game on Nov. 12 at National City Rink at Quicken Loans Arena.