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ALWAYS EVOLVING

Rick Schofield's game continues to evolve in Rochester

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 12:06 PM / Features
By Derek Wangler  - Digital Media Intern
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ALWAYS EVOLVING
Rick Schofield has seven points (3+4) in 18 games for the Amerks this season, and has found himself playing more of a defensive role centering the team\u2019s fourth line. While his offensive numbers are down from his college days, Schofield understands his new responsibilities in the pros.
Rick Schofield (Micheline Veluvolu)

Amerks forward Rick Schofield grew up in Pickering, Ontario, about 30 minutes east of Toronto. He and his brother Dan played hockey on their backyard rink all winter long. There was also a rink about a minute away from his house that he walked to.

“That’s what we did for fun as kids in the winter especially,” said Schofield, 25. “And in the summer it was pretty much roller hockey. That’s what it was like growing up in my city.”

After watching his older brother, Dan, go play hockey at Geneseo College, Schofield decided that was the best route for him as well. Schofield was a standout at Lake Superior State University right from the time he stepped onto campus in 2007. The small college in the state of Michigan had a good finance program, but that’s not the only reason he chose to play there.

“I was really looking forward to going somewhere where I could play,” said Schofield. “The coach [at LSSU] really wanted me, and that’s what I looked for. If they want you, you’re probably going to play and as long as you work hard you’re going to get the opportunity.”

Schofield’s offensive numbers increased every year at Lake Superior State, including a career-best 35 points (17+18) in 39 games in his senior season. When he was finishing up that senior year in 2010-11, Schofield talked with Anaheim about moving to the pros. Schofield would sign one-year entry level contract with the Ducks, collecting eight goals and 17 points in 73 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch last season. He wasn’t re-signed by Anaheim, but got a call from Amerks head coach Ron Rolston. That conversation eventually led to a one-year AHL contract with Rochester that was inked on July 3.

“It kind of came down to my Lake Superior days where the coach was interested, and I knew that this team was happy about me coming in,” said Schofield. “Being able to hear it from the coach himself there’s definitely an added bonus because he’s the one that’s going to be playing you and behind you on the bench. I just had a good feeling about it.”

The six-foot-two Schofield has seven points (3+4) in 18 games for the Amerks this season, and has found himself playing more of a defensive role centering the team’s fourth line. While his offensive numbers are down from his college days, Schofield understands his new responsibilities in the pros.

“I’ve just tried to be a little smarter. You obviously can’t make as many mistakes as you can in college. I could make a couple and get away with it in college, but at this level it’s not gonna fly.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82