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Luke Schenn
Position Defence
Shoots Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
229 lb (104 kg)
NHL Team Philadelphia Flyers
Born November 2 1989 (1989-11-02) (age 27),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pro Career 2008 – present

Luke Schenn (born November 2, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schenn played junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In his final WHL season, Schenn was named to the league's Second All-Star Team. He was a highly touted prospect heading into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, where he was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Maple Leafs. Schenn started his professional career in the NHL during the 2008–09 season and has played with the Leafs since his NHL debut. After his rookie season, Schenn's play was recognized when he was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team. He has represented Canada internationally, winning a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and a silver medal at the 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships.

Schenn is a stay-at-home defenceman whose main focus is preventing goals rather than scoring. With a physical style of play, he is usually among the league leaders in hits. His charity "Luke's Troops" helps military families attend Maple Leafs home games. His younger brother Brayden was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Hockey careerEdit


Schenn's first minor hockey team was the Saskatoon Red Wings, where he was coached by his father, Jeff.[1] In 2004–05 he played AAA midget hockey for the Saskatoon Contacts, who won the Telus Cup as Canada's national midget hockey champions.[2] While playing with the Contacts, Schenn was selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2004 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft by the Kelowna Rockets.[3]


The Kelowna Rockets arranged for Schenn to join the team during their Memorial Cup run at the end of the 2004–05 season. He roomed with Shea Weber as the team wanted him to learn about his future role.[4] Schenn debuted with the Rockets during the 2005–06 WHL season, and was the team's Rookie of the Year.[5] He served as an alternate captain for the team during the 2007–08 season.[2] Later in that same season, Schenn was named to the WHL's roster for the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge[2][5] and participated in the annual Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game, where he served as a team captain and scored a goal.[6] While playing in Kelowna, he was often paired with Buffalo Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers.[4] Schenn was named to the WHL's Second All-Star Team after the 2007–08 season.[7]

Leading up to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft,Schenn was a highly regarded prospect,[4] ranked fifth among draft eligible North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[7] Some scouts saw him as a mix between Calder Trophy and Norris Trophy nominee Dion Phaneuf and two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.[4] E.J. McGuire, director of the Central Scouting Bureau, compared him to former first overall selection Ed Jovanovski.[7] The Toronto Maple Leafs traded with the New York Islanders for a higher draft slot, which they used to select Schenn.[8]


A full body shot of a young man wearing a blue jersey, blue hockey pants and skates.

Schenn during his rookie season with the Maple Leafs

Early reports from the Maple Leafs training camp in September 2008 indicated Schenn was likely to be returned to his junior club for the 2008–09 season.[1] On October 7, 2008, he signed a contract with the Maple Leafs, with a base salary of $850,000 per season, and performance bonuses that could raise the value as high as $1.25 million per season.[6][9] After training camp, Schenn was chosen for the team roster at the start of the 2008–09 season,[10] making his NHL debut on October 9, 2008, against the Detroit Red Wings.[11] On October 29, 2008, Schenn recorded an assist for his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils. Later in the season he scored his first goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.[11] In January, 2009 Schenn missed 12 games with a lower-body injury, the only games he missed during his rookie season.[12] Schenn played for the Rookie YoungStars team in the 2008–09 NHL YoungStars Game.[13] On March 14, 2009, he recorded his first multi-point (2 assists) game in an 8–6 win against the Calgary Flames.[11] The NHL named Schenn to the 2008–09 All-Rookie Team on June 18, 2009, along with fellow 2008 draftee Drew Doughty. The award acknowledged Schenn's defensive prowess and physical play, as he led all NHL rookies in blocked shots and all rookie defencemen in hits.[14] Schenn finished his first season in the NHL with 2 goals and 12 assists in 70 games played.[12]

Expectations for Schenn were high heading into the 2009–10 NHL season. Early in training camp, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson named him as one of the team's top four defencemen.[15] As the season progressed, Schenn's play was disappointing, and Wilson kept him out of the lineup for a game in October[16] and again for a three-game stretch in December.[15] Towards the end of the season Schenn and some of his younger teammates improved their play.[17][18] In a game against the Ottawa Senators, Schenn posted his first career two-goal game, helping him finish the season with new career highs in goals with 5, and points with 17 in 79 games played.[11]

Schenn had a strong start to the 2010 season, playing with veteran Tomas Kaberle. Prior to a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wilson assessed Schenn's play as "great."[19] When Kaberle was traded to the Boston Bruins in February 2011, Schenn was briefly named an alternate captain in his place,[20] until Colby Armstrong returned to the lineup after an injury.[21] Wilson felt that Schenn had made significant strides in his third NHL season: "He's learned a lot...He's not on the ice for as many goals against any more."[22] At the end of the season, Schenn had tied his career high for goals with 5, and set new personal records for assists with 17 and total points with 22, while playing in all 82 games for the Maple Leafs.[11]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
Silver 2009 Switzerland
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2006 Czech Republic

Schenn's first experience with Hockey Canada was as a member of Team West at the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina, Saskatchewan, where his team finished seventh.[2] He played for Canada twice at the Under-18 level: the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where his team won gold, and the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships, where Canada finished fourth.[2] Schenn scored three goals during this tournament.[5]

In 2007, Hockey Canada assembled a junior team to represent Canada in an eight-game series (the 2007 Super Series) against a Russian junior team to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. Canada went undefeated in these eight games, with seven wins and one tie, while Schenn recorded 24 penalty minutes and no points.[2][5]

During the 2007–08 season Schenn was named to Team Canada's selection camp roster for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[23] The final roster was named December 13, 2007 and Schenn was selected for the team, being paired with Thomas Hickey as the top defensive tandem.[24] Canada won the gold medal and Schenn finished the tournament with a plus-minus rating of +5, to lead the team.[2] Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire dubbed him "the human eraser" for his play internationally.[25]

After his rookie season in the NHL, Schenn was named to Canada's roster for the 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[2] He played all nine games for Canada, but did not play very often, averaging just under seven minutes per game. He recorded one assist.[26] Canada took home the silver medal after a 2–1 loss to Russia in the gold medal game.[27] Schenn, along with teammates Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer, played for Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.[28] Canada placed fifth in the tournament, with their only loss coming in the quarter-finals against Russia.[29] In seven games, Schenn recorded a single assist.[30]

Playing styleEdit

Schenn is a defensive defenceman who plays a physical game while attempting to prevent opponents from scoring. Since his rookie season, he has been among the league leaders in hits.[31] He believes he is at his best when he is playing a tough game, while staying responsible: "You just want to be physical and play with a bit of an edge, but you don't want to put your team down short handed."[22] Growing up, Schenn patterned his play after fellow defencemen Chris Pronger and Rob Blake.[1]

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that Schenn is a key part of the team's long-term future, and has this far been unwilling to trade him for short-term success.[32] He was recognized for his leadership when he was briefly named an alternate captain during the 2010–11 season.[20] Leafs captain Phaneuf said Schenn contributes to the team and organization in many ways. "He plays hard every night and does a lot not only in our [dressing] room but in the community."[33]


Schenn was born on November 2, 1989, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His parents are Jeff and Rita Schenn.[5] His younger brother Brayden was picked fifth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings,[34] and he also has two younger sisters, Madison and Macy.[5] He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon. His brother Brayden, along with fellow NHLers Colby Armstrong, Riley Armstrong, and Jarret Stoll also attended St. Joseph when they lived in Saskatoon.[1]

Schenn is a key contributor to the Maple Leafs' efforts to honour Canada's military. During his rookie season, he donated $10,000[35] to start Luke's Troops, a charity which allows Canadian servicemen and women to attend the team's home games as Schenn's guest.[33][36] Fans at the games often recognized the soldiers with applause. "They have served overseas so it's good that the fans show their appreciation," Schenn said.[35] In February 2011, Schenn's contributions to the military were acknowledged when he was recognized during the team's annual Armed Forces night.[33]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Kelowna Rockets WHL 60 3 8 11 86 12 0 0 0 14
2006–07 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 2 27 29 139
2007–08 Kelowna Rockets WHL 57 7 21 28 100 7 2 2 4 6
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 2 12 14 71
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 5 12 17 50
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 5 17 22 34
NHL totals 231 12 41 53 155

Statistics source[11]


Season Event Team GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Super Series Canada 8 0 0 0 24
2008 WJHC Canada 5 0 0 0 4
2009 WC Canada 9 0 1 1 0
2011 WC Canada 7 0 1 1 0
Totals 29 0 2 2 28

Statistics source[2]



Award Year
Kelowna Rockets Rookie of the Year 2006[5]
WHL Second Team All-Star 2008[7]


Award Year
NHL All-Rookie Team 2009[14]


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  13. Mason, Schenn to play in YoungStars game in Montreal. The Sports Network (2009-01-09). Retrieved on 2010-04-16.
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  17. Shoalts, David (2010-03-29). Leafs exhibit truculence and tenacity. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2010-04-17.
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  21. Ilika, Dan (2011-02-22). Leafs' Armstrong honoured by A. The Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Schenn draws kudos from team for solid play, leadership. The Sports Network (2011-02-23). Retrieved on 2011-03-03.
  23. King, Patrick (2008-02-01). Schenn brothers taking WHL by storm. Rogers Sportsnet. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
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  26. Player Statistics by Team: Canada (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-04-16.
  27. Statistics. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-04-16.
  28. Phaneuf, Schenn and Reimer headed to World Championship. The Sports Network (2011-04-11). Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  29. Tournament Progress (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation (2011-05-15). Retrieved on 2011-05-15.
  30. Player Statistics By Team (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation (2011-05-12). Retrieved on 2011-05-12.
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  32. More quotes from Brian Burke on The Trade. The Toronto Star (2011-02-10). Retrieved on 2011-02-21.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Schenn ready to take on bigger role with Maple Leafs. The Sports Network (2011-02-20). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  34. Kings Select Brayden Schenn as Fifth Overall Pick in 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Los Angeles Kings (2009-06-26).
  35. 35.0 35.1 Miller, Jason (2009-04-11). Troops score big with Leafs. The Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
  36. DiManno, Rosie (2011-02-20). DiManno: Make no mistake, Schenn is the leader. The Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.

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Preceded by
Jiri Tlusty
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Nazem Kadri

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