In his young NHL career, Jaden Schwartz has found a lot of success wearing No. 9. This past season, he emerged as a big scorer on the contending St. Louis Blues, logging 25 goals and 56 points in 80 games. But he’s changing his number starting in 2014-15 for a very meaningful reason.
Schwartz will wear No. 17 next season in honor of his sister, Mandi, who was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia in 2008 and passed away in 2011 at the age of 23. Mandi wore the No. 17 with the Yale University women’s team.
Jaden announced the number change through Twitter on the weekend.
After Mandi’s death, bone marrow drives have become an annual event at Yale and The Mandi Schwartz Foundation raises money and awareness to help others in her name.
In January, Jaden and the Blues made the trip to Yale on an off day when they were in the area. He dropped the puck during the annual “White Out For Mandi” game against Brown.
Here’s Schwartz during the trip, from Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register:
“Once she committed here, I started learning about it and I know she loved it here,” Jaden Schwartz said. “It was a hard school (academically) but she really enjoyed her time here and my parents really love it too. Unfortunately I never had the chance to come but I was excited to see it.”
The No. 17 became available on the Blues after Vladimir Sobotka signed with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental League.