Dave Schultz (ice hockey)

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Dave Schultz
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Schultz playing for the Philadelphia Flyers
Born (1949-10-14) October 14, 1949 (age 71)
Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Quebec Aces
Richmond Robins
Rochester Americans
Salem Rebels
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 1969
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 19691980

David William Schultz (born October 14, 1949) is a Canadian businessman and former professional ice hockey coach and player. Nicknamed "The Hammer", [1] Schultz is renowned as one of hockey's greatest enforcers and holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a single season, at 472. [2] Schultz was born in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.


Playing career

Schultz was known as a point producer in junior hockey, but became an 'enforcer' in his first year of pro hockey with the Salem Rebels of the EHL, prior to joining the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would become famous.

Schultz earned the nickname "The Hammer" for his aggressive style of hockey. He was one of the most notable enforcers on the Philadelphia Flyers' famous "Broad Street Bullies." [3] After winning two Stanley Cups with the Flyers (1973–74 and 1974–75), "The Hammer" drifted through several teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres) in search of a permanent position. When GMs tried to find some "muscle" for their fledgling clubs, they thought of him. Schultz was also able to capitalize on his popularity as a player when he recorded a local Philadelphia hit song called "The Penalty Box" in the mid 1970s. [4]

Schultz could be more than an enforcer; he scored 20 goals for Philadelphia in 1973–74. He also scored the series-clinching goal in overtime in the first round of the 1974 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Atlanta Flames. [5] [6] Despite his successes, Schultz later expressed regret about his role as an enforcer and the prominence of fighting in hockey. [7]

After injuring his wrist in a fight, Schultz once put boxing wraps on his hands for protection. As things usually went, Dave had several fights in ensuing games, while wearing the wraps. However, soon after, enforcers in both the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association started wearing similar hand protection. This was not to protect an already injured hand/wrist, but to prevent themselves from injury in a fight. Soon after this trick became popular, both the WHA and NHL passed what became known as the "Schultz Rule" thus banning the boxing wraps' temporary involvement in professional ice hockey. [8]

Post-playing career

After retiring as a player Schultz coached several minor league teams over the next two decades including the Madison Monsters, Baton Rouge Kingfish, and most recently the Elmira Jackals. [9]

Schultz co-authored a book entitled The Hammer with Stan Fischler [10] that provides insights into the world of a professional ice hockey enforcer.

In 1994, he served as referee at WCW Slamboree for the match between The Nasty Boys against Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan.



Career statistics

Playing career

Figures in boldface italics are NHL records.

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1966–67 Swift Current Broncos Exhib.26191332
1967–68 Swift Current Broncos WCHL 59353469138
1968–69 Swift Current BroncosWCHL3316163265
1968–69 Sorel Black Hawks MMJHL1815193461
1969–70Salem Rebels EHL 67323769356523523
1969–70 Quebec Aces AHL 800013
1970–71 Quebec AcesAHL71142337382100015
1971–72 Richmond Robins AHL76182846392
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10000
1972–73 Philadelphia FlyersNHL76912212591110151
1973–74 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7320163634817246139
1974–75 Philadelphia FlyersNHL76917264721723583
1975–76 Philadelphia FlyersNHL711319323071622490
1976–77 Los Angeles Kings NHL76102030232911245
1977–78 Los Angeles KingsNHL820227
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL6692534378
1978–79 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL474913157
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL282358630224
1979–80 Buffalo SabresNHL1310128
1979–80 Rochester Americans AHL56101424248410112
NHL totals5357912120022947381220412

Coaching record

TeamSeasonLeagueRegular SeasonPost Season
New York Slapshots 1985-86 ACHL 59213800Out of playoffs
Madison Monsters 1996-97 CoHL 74462107Lost in round 1
Baton Rouge Kingfish 1997-98 ECHL 59262490Out of playoffs
Mohawk Valley Prowlers 1998-99 UHL
Elmira Jackals 2004-05 UHL2151600Out of playoffs

Source: [12]

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