Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Schinkel
After being in the minors for so long, did Ken Schinkel ever think he would play in the NHL when he was 40? No way.

When Schinkel signed a contract with the AHL's Springfield Indians, who had no connection to an NHL team, he became the property of the team until he turned 27. The 1958-59 season saw him lead the AHL in goals with 43 and he totaled 85 points in 70 games. With several NHL teams interested in him, Sprinfield worked out a deal with the New York Rangers and Schinkel was finally in the big time.

Because of his veteran sensibility, the Rangers used Schinkel as a defensive forward, mostly on checking lines and killing penalties. After spending four seasons in New York, he was sent back down to the AHL's Baltimore Clippers where he rediscovered his scoring touch. He was brought back up to the Rangers once more during the 1966-67 season before the NHL expanded and the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed him in the Expansion Draft of 1967.

It was in Pittsburgh where Schinkel became a scorer once again. He was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in both 1968 and 1969 and enjoyed his best point production in the 1968-69 season with 52 points.

At the age of 40, and after six seasons with the Penguins, Schinkel hung up his skates and took over behind the bench as Pittsburgh's head coach. He was the Pens' bench boss for four seasons, but retired because he found the job too stressful. Schinkel went on to become assistant manager for the team and later a member of the scouting staff.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Lindsay Bears OHA-B
1952-53 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 56 21 22 43 34 3 0 1 1 0
1953-54 Springfield Indians QHL 39 3 14 17 6
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors AHL 28 7 14 21 4
1954-55 Pembroke Lumber Kings NOHA 57 9 23 32 18 5 1 1 2 2
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 57 18 16 34 42
1956-57 Springfield Indians AHL 64 22 36 58 2
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 70 11 27 38 40 13 3 3 6 2
1958-59 Springfield Indians AHL 70 43 42 85 19
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 69 13 16 29 27
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 38 2 6 8 18
1960-61 Springfield Indians AHL 28 13 8 21 25 7 3 3 6 9
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 65 7 21 28 17 2 1 0 1 0
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 69 6 9 15 15
1963-64 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 23 33 56 35
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 72 30 41 71 16 5 1 2 3 0
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 72 30 45 75 31
1966-67 New York Rangers NHL 20 6 3 9 0 4 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Baltimore Clippers AHL 51 25 31 56 29
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 14 25 39 19 -10
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 18 34 52 18 -39
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 20 25 45 19 -26 10 4 1 5 4
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 15 19 34 6 -19
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 15 30 45 8 -10 3 2 0 2 0
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 11 10 21 16 -10
NHL Totals 636 127 198 325 163 19 7 2 9 4


AHL Second All-Star Team (1959) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1968, 1969) Traded to NY Rangers by Springfield (AHL) for future considerations, June, 1959. Claimed by Pittsburgh from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.
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