FRASER, Mich. – Marc Schwartz is one of the many local talents that dot the Metro Jets roster this season.
An 18-year-old Macomb native, Schwartz skated for the Jets last season and then started the current season with the NAHL’s Wichita Falls Wildcats before deciding to use another season of development with the Jets.
“I wanted to come back to the Jets because it feels like this is where I belong,” said Schwartz. “Our goal is to make it back to the Silver Cup and we definitely use last year as motivation to work harder and grow as a team.”
Schwartz played a handful of games in the NA3HL at the end of the 2013-14 season before playing U18 AAA hockey for the Michigan Warriors in 2014-15 and then compiling a goal and 17 points in 38 games with the Jets last season.
During the 2015-16 campaign, Schwartz earned a two-game call-up to the NAHL’s Aston Rebels and then played four games last month with Wichita Falls.
“Marc is another one of the players that has come a long way in one short year,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “He worked hard, bought in to the process, got an NAHL call-up last year and found a team in Wichita Falls in September. When he called me because he wanted to come back, I was a little disappointed because he has the ability to contribute at that level, but he isn’t the first that made the decision to be a Jet and continue his development. He is a high-character kid who was awarded alternate captain because of it.
“He has a stronger plan now, and we are committed to continue to help him achieve his goals.”
Schwartz joins fellow defensemen Dylan Naumovski and Jason Recchia as alternate captains, along with team captain Graham Day.
“Being a captain to me just means that we have to work harder,” Schwartz said. “We have great chemistry and it continues to grow. The mood is great, and we come to the rink ready to work hard and get better each day.”
When asked what his goals are for the future, Schwartz’s are not unlike others that his teammates have.
“The goal is to win the Silver Cup and play college hockey soon,” said Schwartz.
Metro and Fraser Hockeyland are hosting “Jets Hockey Fights Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 29 when the Jets play the Toledo Cherokee at 7 p.m.
The players will wear special pink jerseys and will be auctioned during the game.
Vendor tables are available and can be reserved by emailing Nancy Krajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.