Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 20, 2011

Man of the Day 9/20: Luke Schenn

Luke Schenn

Born November 2, 1989 (age 21) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Luke’s younger brother Brayden has probably been making headlines more lately, but that’s not to say older bro doesn’t deserve attention too! Schenn started out playing minors in his hometown and his dad coached his first team ever, aww. He moved up to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, rooming with Shea Weber because the team wanted to show him his future role. In his rookie season with Kelowna he was the Rookie of the Year. Plus he ascended to alternate the very next season! During Rockets play, he was often paired with Tyler Myers, who now plays with Buffalo. Going into the 2008 draft, he was ranked fifth among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau and Toronto swapped with the Islanders in order to snag him fifth overall.

He made the Leafs roster right away, debuting in October 2008 against Detroit. He also got his first assist in October ’08 and later scored his first goal on Montreal’s Carey Price. His rookie season was pretty impressive: YoungStars game appearance, All-Rookie Team selection, led all rookies in blocked shots and all rookie d-men in hits. Expectations were pretty high for him in the next season! He had a slight sophomore slump, but rebounded, also having a strong start to 2010-11. For a while he was even an alternate after Tomas Kaberle was traded to Boston and before the injured Colby Armstrong returned. This season he played all 82 Leafs games, scored 5 goals, got 17 assists and had 34 minutes of quiet contemplation.

Nice smile!

Luke is a “stay-at-home defenseman,” a d-man who’s less concerned with trying to score his own goals and more focused on protecting his team’s cage. They often play more physically, which is an accurate description of Schenn. He’s represented Canada in international play at many levels, including the Ivan Hlinka Memorial (gold, 2006), the World Juniors (gold, 2008) and the Worlds (silver, 2009; fifth place, 2011). But he also does a lot for the community in which he has played steadily since his drafting. While still a rookie, he donated $10,000 to start Luke’s Troops, a program that allows Canadian service members to go to Maple Leafs games as his honored guests. That’s pretty darn cool. Good luck next season, Cool Hand Luke. (I won’t make that pun again.)

In this YoungStars portrait, he is really rocking the stripey sweater.

-Emma


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