Dave Schultz (ice hockey)
October 14, 1949 |
Waldheim, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||52nd overall, 1969
David William "The Hammer" Schultz (born October 14, 1949) 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.
Playing career 
Schultz was known as a point producer in junior hockey, but became an 'enforcer' in his first year of pro hockey with Salem of the EHL, prior to joining the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would become famous.
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.
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.
He also sang a local Philadelphia hit song called "The Penalty Box" in the mid 1970s.
- 1974 - Stanley Cup Philadelphia Flyers
- 1975 - Stanley Cup Philadelphia Flyers
- Inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame on November 16, 2009
- Holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a season with 472 penalty minutes during the 1974–75 season.
Career statistics 
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
See also 
- Dave Schultz's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Dave Schultz at Hockey-Reference.com
- Dave Schultz's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Dave Schultz's player profile at NHL.com