Former NAHL'er Schempp signs NHL deal with Islanders
March 30, 2016
Former NAHL and Traverse City North Stars forward Kyle Schempp has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s New York Islanders. Schempp will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League (AHL) on an Amateur Tryout contract for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Schempp, 22, has played the past three seasons at Ferris State University, recording nine goals and 16 assists in 41 games as a junior this year. The 6-foot, 178-pound center posted 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) in 121 games during his career with the Bulldogs and captained the team to a WCHA Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance this season.
Selected by the Islanders in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, Schempp has been named to the WCHA All-Academic Team the past two seasons. A member of the 2013-14 WCHA All-Rookie Team, the Saginaw, Michigan, native played in the NAHL during the 2011-12 season for the Traverse City North Stars.
During that season, Schempp recorded 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 59 regular season games played. He also was selected to and played in the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the NAHL 18U Selects Team, where he had two points in three games.
During his season playing in the NAHL, Schemmp made his commitment to Ferris State on December 2, 2011.