Schultz Signs PTO With Binghamton

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Finally.

Word came out after last night’s game that Trenton Titans forward Stephen Schultz (pictured) had received a much-deserved and long-awaited call-up to the American Hockey League, signing a PTO with the Binghamton Senators.  But the most interesting tidbit to come out of our conversation with an excited Schultz afterwards is that he knew before last night’s game against Elmira that he was getting the call.  And he still played anyway.  He admitted it was a little nervewracking knowing that one false move could wipe out a season’s worth of work towards getting back to the AHL.

“You just kind of push it aside and play the game,” said Schultz, who has posted 26 goals and 25 assists in 47 games with Trenton.

“I just came and played the game, and I’ll head up there.  I’ll see what they want to do with me up there and go play.”

The 26-year-old had arguably been the hottest player in the ECHL over the past several weeks, potting ten goals in his last seven games, including two hat tricks.  Finally, someone noticed.  Initially, Schultz said that he had just gone about business as usual and was happy that things had paid off in the long run for him, but eventually admitted that it was hard to not get frustrated over being passed over time and time again.

“It wears on you at times, but you’ve got to have thick skin about it,” he said.  “Just keep working hard, and hopefully things will pay off in the long run.”

Schultz, who could play for Binghamton tonight, said he hadn’t had a chance to look at the B-Sens roster as of last night, but Titans head coach Vince Williams was understandably thrilled to be able to get him on any AHL roster at all.

“It’s been something that’s long overdue, and he’s excited about it and he deserves a chance to get a good look,” Williams said.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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