Schwartz to honor sister with jersey number

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz made a big announcement on his Twitter account over the weekend. The young Blues forward wrote that he was switching from No. 9 to No. 17 to honor his late sister, Mandi.

Jaden Schwartz was a breakout performer for the Blues this past season. The left winger led St. Louis in plus-minus rating (plus-28) and ranked third on the team in goals (25), fourth in points (56) and fifth in assists (31) in 80 games.

Mandi Schwartz, who wore the No. 17 at Yale, passed away three years ago after a battle with leukemia.

Schwartz and his Blues teammates were able to travel to Yale this past January for the school’s annual “White Out For Mandi” night at Ingalls Rink, an event to raise awareness and funds for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation.

The No. 17 had been worn in St. Louis recently by Vladimir Sobotka, but Sobotka signed a contract with the Kontinental Hockey League last week. Not long after, Schwartz announced he was taking that number to honor Mandi.

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com.

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