Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Schmidt
Defenceman Norm Schmidt played parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 80s. He was a gifted playmaker who put up impressive numbers in junior though his pro career was relatively short.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Schmidt was chosen 70th overall by the Pens in 1981 and accumulated 168 points in three junior seasons with the OHL's Oshawa Generals. His amateur career was capped off by helping his team reach the Memorial Cup final in 1983 where they succumbed to the host Portland Winter Hawks.

In 1983-84, Schmidt split his playing time between the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks and the Pens. He was a respectable -1 and recorded 18 points as a rookie for the worst team in the NHL. The next year he apprenticed on the minors but returned to play 66 games in 1985-86. That season he scored 15 goals, including 12 with the extra man. Eventually injuries caught up to Schmidt and he saw his playing time reduced before he retired early in the 1987-88 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds OHA-B 18 8 16 24
1980-81 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 65 12 25 37 73 11 2 5 7 25
1981-82 Oshawa Generals OHL 67 13 48 61 172
1982-83 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 21 49 70 114 17 4 16 20 47
1982-83 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 5 4 1 5 10
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 6 12 18 12 -1
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 43 4 12 16 31
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 33 0 22 22 31
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 15 14 29 57 +7
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 5 6 4 -8
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 36 4 7 11 25
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 1 2 3 0 +1
NHL Totals 125 23 33 56 73


OHL Second All-Star Team (1983) Suffered career-ending back injury in game vs. Philadelphia, October 18, 1987.
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