Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cliff Schmautz
Right-winger Cliff Schmautz split one NHL season between the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers. His brief NHL tenure came late in his pro career when he was an established scoring star in the Western league.

The older brother of Bobby Schmautz was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and played junior with the local Quakers. During his first pro season he scored 32 goals for the IHL's Omaha Knights and never looked back. He excelled with the EPHL's Soo Thunderbirds then spent several years tormenting goalies in the WHL. Overall Schmautz topped the 20-goal mark six times with the Portland Buckaroos and was the top scorer in WHL with 104 points in 1966. That year he was also named to the league's first all-star team.

In June, 1970 his hopes of playing in the NHL received a boost when he was claimed by the expansion Buffalo Sabres in the Intra-League Draft. Schmautz scored five goals in 26 games then joined the Flyers for 30 games after he was claimed on waivers. Following his dream season, the classy veteran returned to the WHL and retired in 1975.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 47 9 10 19 65
1957-58 Saskatoon Quakers SJHL 33 10 16 26 58
1958-59 Weyburn<196>Moose Jaw SJHL 42 33 32 65 90
1958-59 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 2 0 1 1 6
1959-60 Omaha Knights IHL 63 32 20 52 91
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 5 1 1 2 11
1960-61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 70 32 20 52 91 12 7 6 13 4
1961-62 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds EPHL 24 6 9 15 24
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 43 14 13 27 29 4 0 0 0 12
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 64 24 15 39 24 13 8 4 12 4
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 26 3 7 10 6
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 34 7 7 14 22 5 2 3 5 2
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 17 42 59 84 10 3 2 5 0
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 46 58 104 47 14 9 7 16 17
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 28 29 57 53 4 2 1 3 2
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 69 26 33 59 36 12 7 4 11 4
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 53 27 29 56 28 11 10 4 14 4
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 40 33 73 23 11 6 6 12 6
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 5 7 12 10 -11
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 8 12 20 23 +3
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 68 40 37 77 44 11 6 2 8 2
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 54 30 21 51 47
1973-74
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 34 11 8 19 8
NHL Totals 56 13 19 32 33


Brother of Bobby
WHL First All-Star Team (1966)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Traded to Portland (WHL) by Buffalo (AHL) for Pat Hannigan, December, 1963. Claimed by Buffalo from Portland (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Buffalo, December 28, 1970. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Philadelphia for cash, September, 1971.