Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Schoenfeld
A product of three OHA teams--the London Knights, Hamilton Red Wings, and Niagara Falls Flyers--Jim Schoenfeld was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 5th overall in the 1972 Amateur Draft and made the jump to the NHL team the very next season.

He was known for his fisticuffs more than his scoring prowess, amassing 532 penalty minutes in his first four seasons in with the Sabres. He had a career high in points with 36 in the 1979-80 season, where four of his nine goals were scored on the power play. He also played in the All-Star Game this year, as well as the 1977 Game.

After nine seasons with the Sabres, Schoenfeld was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings during the 1981-82 season. From there he signed as a free agent in 1983 with the Boston Bruins, where he played for only a year. He then rejoined the Sabres to close out his playing days. He played only one more season before moving behind the bench becoming the Sabres head coach in 1985.

Schoenfeld was one of many players to make the transition to coaching in the NHL, but with Scotty Bowman as the general manager in Buffalo the position wasn't permanent. After 40 games, Bowman replaced Schoenfeld behind the bench. He moved on to New Jersey where he was bench boss from 1987-88 to 1989-90.

From New Jersey, Schoenfeld joined the Washington Capitals for the 1993-94 season and led the team to the conference semi-finals. He had several successful years with the Caps before joining the Phoenix Coyotes for the 1997-98 season where he stayed for the next two seasons. During his time in Phoenix, Schoenfeld was named an assistant coach to the North American All-Star team in 1999.

After the Coyotes, Schoenfeld moved up to the broadcast booth as an analyst for ABC Sports for the 2000-01 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Owen Sound Jr. Greys ON-Jr.B
1969-70 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 32 2 12 14 54
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 16 1 4 5 81
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 25 3 19 22 120
1970-71 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 30 3 9 12 85
1971-72 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 40 6 46 52 215 6 0 0 0 32
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 4 15 19 178 +12 6 2 1 3 4
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 1 8 9 56 -9
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 2 0 2 2 4
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 1 19 20 184 +35 17 1 4 5 38
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 2 22 24 114 +40 8 0 3 3 33
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 7 25 32 97 +28 6 0 0 0 12
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 2 20 22 89 +24 8 0 1 1 28
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 8 17 25 67 +8 3 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 9 27 36 72 +60 14 0 3 3 18
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 8 25 33 110 +28 8 0 0 0 14
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 3 2 5 30 +5
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 5 9 14 69 +2
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 1 10 11 18 -14
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 39 0 2 2 20 +18
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 34 0 3 3 28 0 5 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 719 51 204 255 1132 75 3 13 16 151


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1980) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1977, 1980)
Missed majority of 1973-74 due to neck surgery, November 10, 1973. Traded to Detroit by Buffalo with Danny Gare and Derek Smith for Mike Foligno, Dale McCourt and Brent Peterson, December 2, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 19, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, December 6, 1984.
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