From a Youth phenom to a first round pick to entrepreneur, Rob Schremp will forever be a mystery to most hockey fans. Mostly known for his stick handling skills than his actual hockey skills, the kid from Fulton, NY is very misunderstood and probably the most misunderstood player in NHL History. The 24th pick in the First round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers is a skilled player, smaller in stature but makes up for it in speed and wicked hands. Schremp has recorded one fight in his pro career versus Darryl Boyce, so needless to say he wasn’t a tough guy. Schremp never backed down from anyone trying to challenge his character. He will call you out if something is wrong. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and requires no favours from anyone.
Anyone that knew Rob growing up will tell you he was a great kid and was just misunderstood. They would also tell you that he was probably the best youth hockey player in North America with the ability to take over games all by himself. I’ve heard so many stories about his dominance. One game, Rob took a slap shot and it took the goalie’s glove right off. Rob then goes to get the puck loops back around, the goalie got scared and ran away leaving the net open for Schremp to score. He also scored 19 goals in 6 games in a Toronto minor tournament, breaking record previously held by Jason Spezza.
Rob’s junior career is impressive to say the least. He averaged just over 1.5 Points per game while playing with the Mississauga Ice Dogs and the London Knights. In the 2004-05 season, Schremp helped the London Knights win the OHL championship and the Memorial Cup. He finished third on the team with 90 points in just 62 games. Schremp scored one goal in the final game vs the Rimouski Oceanic led by a 17 year old Sidney Crosby. The Knights went undefeated that season. Schremp had some help from a few future NHL players like Dave Bolland, Danny Syvret, Brandon Prust, Dan Girardi and Corey Perry just to name a few. That team is considered to be the best team in CHL history and rightfully so. The next year, The Knights were swept by the Peterborugh Petes in the OHL finals. Rob led the league in points and goals, 57 and 145 respectively, just above his linemate David Bolland.
I wish I can tell you the amount of times that someobe told me Rob Schremp had the best hands they’d ever seen. He astonished us with his skill in the AHL all-star game. Schremp had his way with the puck, he knows exactly how it works, like Picasso and a paintbrush. Like Jimi Hendrix with a guitar. Schremp had a way with a puck that left D-men staring at him as he swooped on by.
Rob is now retired from hockey. He played 114 games in the NHL scoring 20 goals in that span for the NY Islanders and Edmonton Oilers. He has now established his post playing career as a father and an entrepreneur. He’s still very involved in the hockey community. His company, 44 Vision hockey, is one of his projects that allows young players to send in their tapes to be evaluated but scouts and hockey experts. Schremp is an all time legend, on and off the ice. Anything he does, he will do un-apologetically and with passion.
I loved talking to him on the podcast last year and getting him to share some stories with me for this article.
Last year, Peeze and I had the opportunity to interview him on our podcast and it was a blast. Rob is down to earth and hearing him deal with being Peeze’s trade bait in Peeze’s virtual NHL Islander’s franchise with grace is just one example of how great a dude he is.
The interview allowed us to talk to the stick handling legend about how he slipped in the draft and why it was related to his penchant for eating raw hot dogs. Was it an issue of discipline? Was it team executives misunderstanding the colloquial term raw-dog? We covered that and much more in one of our favorite interviews ever. We highly recommend that you check out our interview (linked above). Remember to like, subrscribe, rate and review! If you don’t Rob may do to you, what he did to Darryl Boyce!