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Born October 14, 1949 (1949-10-14) (age 60),
Waldheim, SK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Pro clubs NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
AHL
Quebec Aces
Richmond Robins
Rochester Americans
EHL
Salem Rebels
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 1969
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1969 – 1980

David William "The Hammer" Schultz (born October 14, 1949 in Waldheim, Saskatchewan) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. 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.

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Playing career

Schultz earned the nickname "The Hammer" for his aggressive style of hockey. He was one of the most notable enforcers on the Philadelphia Flyers' infamous "Broad Street Bullies." After winning two Stanley Cups with the Flyers (1973–4 and 1974–5), "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 more than a traditional enforcer; he scored 20 goals for Philadelphia in 1973–4. He also scored the series-clinching goal in overtime in the first round of the 1974 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Atlanta Flames.

Personal anecdotes

  • Towards the end of Tim Horton's career — and life, it soon turned out — Schultz attempted, at age 24, to start a fight with the 44-year-old Horton, who was considerably smaller (5'10" and 190 pounds) and known for a more gentlemanly style of enforcing (he never got more than 150 penalty minutes in a season his entire career, even though he was famous for powerful hits). Horton initially refused to particpate in an altercation, but eventually accepted after repeated provocations, where he defeated the younger and stronger man handily by throwing him to the ice and sitting on him until the referee ended the fight. Derek Sanderson had recently bitten Horton after receiving a crushing bear hug.
  • 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.
  • Schultz co-authored a book entitled The Hammer with Stan Fischler that provides insights into the world of a professional ice hockey enforcer.
  • He made a notable recording circa 1975 of the song "Penalty Box"
  • Mint copies of the above 45rpm release are valued at $25 (Neil Stocker 'The House of Living Music').
  • A feature film based on his life is in development.

Awards

Records

  • Holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a season with 472 penalty minutes during the 1974–75 season.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Salem Rebels EHL 67 32 37 69 356
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 Richmond Robins AHL 76 18 28 46 392
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 12 21 259 11 1 0 1 51
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 20 16 36 348 17 2 4 6 139
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 17 26 472 17 2 3 5 83
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 13 19 32 307 16 2 2 4 90
1976–77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 10 20 30 232 9 1 1 2 45
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 2 0 2 27
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 9 25 34 378
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 4 9 13 157
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 2 3 5 86 3 0 2 2 4
1979–80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 0 1 28
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

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