Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bobby Schmautz
As a junior, Bobby Schmautz established himself as a feisty little winger with the Saskatoon Junior Quakers and the Saskatoon Blades of the SJHL from 1962 to 1965.

He turned pro with the Los Angeles Blades of the WHL in 1965, but arrived in town as a nervous rookie who appeared to do little more than shoot and skate. During his two campaigns with the club, he saw only limited ice time and exhibited very little of the talent and spark that would define his game in years to come.

In 1967, he hooked up with the Chicago Blackhawks but again found it difficult to earn ice time amidst a lineup of proven NHLers. He did, however, manage to secure a complete season with the club during the 1968-69 season. But in 1969, he was claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the Intra-League Draft. Before he could suit up for the club, though, he was passed along to the Montreal Canadiens who, in turn, sent his rights out to the Western Hockey League where he joined his two minor-league brothers, Cliff and Arnie.

In 1971, however, thing changed in a big way for Schmautz. He was picked up by the fledgling Vancouver Canucks who, for the most part, finally gave him a regular NHL job with the kind of ice time he needed to develop his game at the big-league level. In his third year with the club, he turned his game up several levels by scoring almost a point a game and by playing an abrasive defensive game. He credited his scoring success to a hard shot that tended to rise naturally in a manner that was difficult for goaltenders to anticipate.

In 1974, Schmautz was acquired by the Boston Bruins to add some scoring punch up front. Under coach Don Cherry, the little spark plug became a favourite for his ability to shoot, check and play tough. Over the course of his five-plus seasons in Beantown, he performed as a productive third-line winger -- at least until Don Cherry was ushered out of town, making way for the arrival of Fred Creighton. Schmautz was openly critical of Creighton's game plan. Such dissent was not tolerated. Schmautz was told he was no longer a Bruin.

Shortly thereafter, he was traded, putting in brief stints with the Oilers and the Rockies before landing back with the Canucks for one final campaign. After a solid outing in Vancouver, he retired for good in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 54 28 31 59 42
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 7 1 1 2 0
1963-64 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 60 55 43 98 114 12 12 12 24 20
1964-65 Saskatoon Blades SJHL 44 45 34 79 113 5 4 4 8 10
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 5 0 1 1 0
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 7 16 23 27
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 37 3 7 10 19
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 13 3 2 5 6 +1 11 2 3 5 2
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 54 23 23 46 83
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 9 7 16 37 -5
1969-70 Salt Lake<196>Seattle WHL 66 32 27 59 89 3 0 2 2 5
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 42 16 21 37 59
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 5 5 10 14 +2
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 12 13 25 82 -10
1971-72 Rochester Americans AHL 7 7 8 15 8
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 38 33 71 137 -17
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 26 19 45 58 0
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 27 7 13 20 31 +6 16 3 6 9 44
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 56 21 30 51 63 +23 3 1 5 6 6
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 75 28 34 62 116 +13 11 2 8 10 13
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 57 23 29 52 62 +25 14 11 1 12 10
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 54 27 27 54 87 +24 15 7 8 15 11
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 65 20 22 42 77 -1 11 2 2 4 6
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 20 8 6 14 8 -1
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 29 8 8 16 20 -4
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 20 9 4 13 53 -10
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 27 34 61 137 -5 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 764 271 286 557 988 84 28 33 61 92


Brother of Cliff
SJHL Second All-Star Team (1964)
SJHL First All-Star Team (1965) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973, 1974)
Traded to Seattle (WHL) by Chicago (LA Blades-WHL) with Marc Boileau for cash with Chicago retaining NHL rights, August 10, 1967. Claimed by St. Louis from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Traded to Montreal by St. Louis with Norm Beaudin for Ernie Wakely, June 27, 1969. Traded to Salt Lake (WHL) by Montreal for cash, August, 1969. Traded to Seattle (WHL) by Salt Lake (WHL) for Guyle Fielder, November 15, 1969. Traded to Vancouver by Seattle (WHL) for the loan of Jim Wiste and Ed Hatoum for the remainder of the 1970-71 season, February 9, 1971. Traded to Boston by Vancouver for Fred O'Donnell, Chris Oddleifson and the NHL rights to Mike Walton, February 7, 1974. Traded to Edmonton by Boston for Dan Newman, December 10, 1979. Traded to Colorado by Edmonton for Don Ashby, February 25, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, October 2, 1980.
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