2008-09: Schira played for the high-flying Vancouver Giants as a 20-year old in his fifth WHL season. In 71 regular season games he scored 16 goals with 43 assists with 46 PMs. Schira was +36 on a Vancouver team that had the WHL's second-best record and scored 168 more goals than it allowed. In 17 playoff games with the Giants he was +3 and scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 4 PMs as Vancouver reached the semifinals. Schira was signed to an entry-level contract as a free agent by Ottawa in March 2009.
2009-10: Schira skated with AHL Binghamton in his first pro season. In 68 games he scored 8 goals with 13 assists. Schira was -11 with 27 PMs as Binghamton finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and missed the AHL playoffs.
2010-11: Schira was a solid, if unspectacular lower line, two-way forward in his second AHL season with Calder Cup champion Binghamton. In 67 regular season games he scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 18 PMS. He skated in 7 of 23 playoff games and was -7 with one assist.