2008-09: Beau Schmitz joined the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers after skating for the U-17 team at the US National Team Development program in 2007-08. In 66 games for the Whalers as a 17-year-old he led all Whalers defensemen with 31 assists and was third on the team with 97 penalty minutes. Schmitz finished the season plus-3 and scored 6 goals. Plymouth was third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Schmitz was minus-4 with 2 goals, 2 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was ranked 195th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2009 NHL Draft.
2009-10: Schmitz was one of two players to skate in all 68 games for Plymouth in his second season along with Carolina third round draft pick Austin Levi. He scored 8 goals with 22 assists and was plus-10 with 97 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished second in the West Division behind OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor. Schmitz had 2 assists and was plus-4 with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games as the Whalers reached the second round.
2010-11: Schmitz was named captain of the Whalers in his third season. He skated in 48 games for Plymouth, missing 20 games after a thumb injury in January that required surgery. He scored 7 goals with 24 assists and was plus-8 with 65 penalty minutes; scoring three of his seven goals on the power play. After finishing third in the West Division, Plymouth reached the second round. Schmitz scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was minus-3 with 18 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.
2011-12: Schmitz attended Carolina’s development camp before returning to Plymouth for his fourth season. He skated in 62 games for the Whalers; scoring 14 goals with a career-high 40 assists and was plus-37 with 91 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished first in the West Division. After missing the first round of the playoffs due to a knee injury, Schmitz returned for the Whalers seven-game second-round series with Kitchener and was minus-4 with no points and six penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract by the Hurricanes in April, 2012.
2012-13: Schmitz played 22 games, including one playoff game, for Carolina affiliate Charlotte in his first pro season and skated in 50 ECHL games for Florida. He made his AHL debut in January, appearing in four games with the Checkers, and was re-called in March and finished the season in Charlotte. Schmitz scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was plus-2 with 18 penalty minutes in the regular season and had no points nor penalty minutes in his only playoff game. The Checkers finished second in the South Division and lost to third-place Oklahoma City in a first round series. In 50 ECHL games with Florida he had 8 assists and was minus-14 with 31 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Schmitz had a challenging second season in pro hockey — seeing limited ice time with Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte before being demoted to Florida in the ECHL and consequently suffering a season-ending injury at the end of February. A healthy scratch in 18 games for the Checkers, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-1 with 12 penalty minutes in 23 AHL games. Schmitz scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-1 with 4 penalty minutes in 12 games with Florida. Both Charlotte and the Everblades missed the playoffs in their respective leagues.
2014-15: Schmitz skated in 38 games for the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers in his third pro season. He had 7 assists and was -17 with 26 penalty minutes. Charlotte missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division. Schmitz was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Hurricanes, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Schmitz is an undersized defenseman who put up decent numbers on a good Plymouth team in junior hockey but has had some hard luck at the pro level. One of several products from the Whalers to spend time in the Carolina organization (Hurricanes' owner Peter Karmanos formerly owned Plymouth) Schmitz has decent all around skills but has yet to establish himself in any one area and has also been hampered by injury.
Schmitz was not tendered a qualifying offer by Carolina following the 2015-16 season and is currently an unrestricted free agent. His previous coaches have commended his determination and work effort but at this point his NHL potential appears limited.