Nick Shultz was born August 25, 1982 in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. The 2nd round, 33rd overall selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Shultz is a graduate of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders.
An offensive minded defenseman, Shultz played three seasons in Prince Albert (1998-2001) and was named to the WHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2000-01 while earning team MVP and Player of the year honours. A member of Canada's World Junior team at the 2001 World Junior Championships, Schultz made his professional debut with the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks once his junior season came to an end..
The Strasbourg, Saskatchewan native played in four regular season and three playoff games with the Lumberjacks before making his NHL debut with Minnesota in 2001-02. After spending the majority of the season with the Wild, Shultz was loaned to Canada's 2002 World Junior team and helped them capture the silver medal before ending the season with the AHL's Houston Aeros. Schultz spent the entire 2002-03 season with the Wild, marking his first season as a full-time NHL defenseman.
In Minnesota Schultz emerged as one the NHL's most reliable defenders, taking on the opponent's top forward unit on a nightly basis. On February 27, 2012, Shultz would leave the only NHL club he had ever known. The Wild traded their franchise leader in games played to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tom Gilbert.
Schultz played three seasons in Edmonton, Schults was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth round draft pick.
He finished the season in Columbus and then, as an unrestricted free agents, signed a one year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. After a strong showing during the 2014-15 season, the Flyers signed Schultz to a two year extension.
On the international stage, Schultz has represented Canada several times. This includes gold medal performances at the 2004 and 2007 World Championships.