Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Schultz
It's hard to believe that Dave Schultz started out on the Prairies of Saskatchewan as a quiet, shy lad. His voyage to the big leagues, however, transformed his style of self-expression to the point that, in the NHL, his persona was a defining element of the game of his day.

After two seasons of junior with the Swift Current Broncos, Schultz headed east where he made a strong, two-fisted impression with the Salem Rebels of the EHL and then the Quebec Aces of the AHL.

In an era when players generally settled most scores themselves, with the help of as many as three enforcers per team, NHL GMs usually retained a stable of fighters on the farm. By 1972, the Flyers realized their need to bolster their club's police department. They brought Schultz and Don Saleski on board to complete a lineup that became known as the "Broad Street Bullies."

At the NHL level, Schultz quickly showed the league why he was known as "The Hammer". He fought mammoth battles against fellow enforcers like Keith Magnuson and Terry O'Reilly. He also ensured that the smaller minnows of the league played an honest game when skating near the Flyers' more elite players. The formula of fight first and play hockey later proved very successful as Philly won successive Stanley Cups in 1974 and '75.

For Schultz, the victories represented the highest point of his career. He lasted only one additional season with the Flyers before venturing outside of the team's Broad Street cocoon. In 1976, he joined the Los Angeles Kings where enforcement continued to be his defining role. But by then, there were plenty of new, young fighters in the league who sought to prove their mettle under the weight of "The Hammer." The problem for Schultz was that he was getting older and losing some of his taste for fisticuffs. He lasted just over one season with the Kings before rounding out his NHL career in Pittsburgh and then Buffalo. He retired from hockey in 1980.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 North Battleford Beavers SAHA
1966-67 Swift Current Broncos Exhib. 26 19 13 32
1967-68 Swift Current Broncos WCJHL 59 35 34 69 138
1968-69 Swift Current Broncos WCJHL 33 16 16 32 65
1968-69 Sorel Black Hawks MMJHL 18 15 19 34 61
1968-69 Sorel Black Hawks M-Cup
1969-70 Salem Rebels EHL 67 32 37 69 356 5 2 3 5 23
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 8 0 0 0 13
1970-71 Quebec Aces AHL 71 14 23 37 382 1 0 0 0 15
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 76 18 28 46 392
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 12 21 259 +4 11 1 0 1 51
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 20 16 36 348 +26 17 2 4 6 139
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 17 26 472 +16 17 2 3 5 83
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 13 19 32 307 +24 16 2 2 4 90
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 10 20 30 232 -8 9 1 1 2 45
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 2 0 2 27 +1
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 9 25 34 378 -9
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 4 9 13 157 -2
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 2 3 5 86 -12 3 0 2 2 4
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 0 1 28 0
1979-80 Rochester Americans AHL 56 10 14 24 248 4 1 0 1 12
NHL Totals 535 79 121 200 2294 73 8 12 20 412


Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia for Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Yves Guillemette) in 1977 Amateur Draft and 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected Merlin Malinowski) in 1978 Amateur Draft, September 29, 1976. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles with Gene Carr and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Shane Pearsall) in 1978 Amateur Draft for Hartland Monahan and Syl Apps Jr., November 2, 1977. Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh for Gary McAdam, February 6, 1979.