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1972 NHL DRAFT PICK
Jim Schoenfeld
Selected in first round
No. 5 overall by Buffalo Sabres

Born September 4, 1952
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2   Weight: 200
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Niagara Falls (OMJHL)                     
Birthplace: Galt, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Galt, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1969-70 Owen SoundJr. B -- ---- ----
  LondonOHA 161 45 81
  HamiltonOHA 322 1214 54
1970-71 HamiltonOHA 253 1922 120
  Niagara FallsOHA 303 912 85
1971-72 Niagara FallsOHA 406 4652 215

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
OMJHL All-Star Second Team:
1971-72
OMJHL Penalty Minutes Leader: 1971-72 (215 PIM)
Miscellaneous: Traded by London to Hamilton with Rick Kehoe and Ken Southwick for Gord Brooks, Gary Geldart, Dave Gilmour and Mike Craig in December 1969. ... Traded by Hamilton to Niagara Falls for Russ Friesen and Mike Healey in January 1971.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 8, 1972 (Atlanta at Buffalo)
Numbers:  6, 13 (Buffalo); 2 (Detroit); 13 (Boston)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired for final time on April 16, 1985
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
YearsTeamsGPGATPPIM
1972-1985 Buffalo, Detroit, Boston719 51204255 1,132
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPGATPPIM
1973-1985Buffalo, Detroit, Boston 753 1316151

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
NHL All-Star Second Team:
1979-80
All-Star Game: 1977, 1980
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1975 (Buffalo)
Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame: Inducted 1995
Buffalo Silver Stick Award (Enthusiasm): 1976-77
Buffalo Seventh Player Award (Most Inspirational): 1979-80
Buffalo Captain: October 1974 to September 1977
Buffalo Penalty Minutes Leader: 1972-73 (178), 1974-75 (184, tie)
Buffalo Playoffs Penalty Minutes Leader: 1975 (38), 1976 (33)
Coaching Career: Served as Detroit assistant coach while sidelined with injuries in 1981-82. ... Named Buffalo head coach on June 11, 1985 and remained in that position until Jan. 15, 1985, when Scotty Bowman took job back. ... Named New Jersey head coach on Jan. 26, 1988, and remained in that position until Nov. 6, 1989. ... Named Washington head coach on Jan. 27, 1994, and remained in that position until June 3, 1997... Named Phoenix head coach on June 9, 1997, and remained in that position until May 24, 1999. ... Named N.Y. Rangers assistant coach on June 12, 2002, and remained in that position until July 21, 2003.
Miscellaneous: Paired at defense with Tim Horton as a rookie in Buffalo. ... Finished fourth in 1972-73 Calder Cup voting for Rookie of Year and was highest defenseman in voting. ... Missed part of 1972-73 season with damaged nerve in leg that required off-season surgery. ... Missed most of 1973-74 season after surgery to repair ruptured spinal disc on Nov. 10, 1973. ... Named Sabres captain at age 22 and was youngest captain in history of league at the time he was selected. ... Paired on defense with Jerry Korab in 1974-75, when both finished with team record (since broken) 184 penalty minutes. ... Missed part of 1974-75 season with broken left foot. ... Missed part of 1975-76 season with mononucleosis. ... Missed part of 1976-77 season with viral pneumonia. ... Missed part of 1977-78 season with broken right foot. ... Played left wing on Buffalo power play in 1978-79. ... Missed part of 1978-79 season with separated shoulder and strained knee ligaments. ... Missed part of 1980-81 season with viral infection and hand injury. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with broken left little finger and broken bone in right foot. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with separated ribs. ... Retired for the first time in summer of 1984 due to chronic neck problems, but came out of retirement to rejoin Buffalo organization in November 1984. ... Rejoined Sabres as a player on Dec. 19. 1984. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with inflamed tendon in foot. ... Became NHL head coach for the first time at age 32 and was the youngest coach in the league at that time. ... Worked as lead studio analyst for ESPN's National Hockey Night from start of 1992-93 season until he was named Washington head coach in 1994. ... Returned to ESPN on Oct. 5, 2000, as color commentator for NHL broadcasts and remained in that position through 2001-02 season.
The Koharski Incident: Schoenfeld gained notoriety as New Jersey's coach during 1988 Wales Conference finals between Devils and Boston when he confronted referee Don Koharski after Game 3 in New Jersey on May 6, 1988. Angered by several calls, he waited for Koharski in runway outside the dressing room. He argued chest-to-chest with Koharski, and at one point, Koharski began to slip. Believing he had been pushed, Koharski told Schoenfeld he would never coach again, and Schoenfeld responded: "You're full of shit. You fell, you fat pig. Have another doughnut. Have another doughnut." The NHL suspended Schoenfeld for at least one game over the incident, but the Devils got a restraining order that allowed Schoenfeld to continue coaching. When Schoenfeld came out to coach in Game 4, the officiating crew refused to work, and replacement officials were used for that game. To resolve the controversy, the NHL suspended Schoenfeld for Game 5 on May 10, 1988. Schoenfeld later said he regretted making the comments.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Cincinnati (AHL)
Challenge Cup: 1979 (injured, did not play)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick:
1972 (by New York)
Coaching Career: Spent first half of 1984-85 season serving as head coach of Rochester (AHL).
Management Career: Named Hartford (AHL) general manager on July 21, 2003, and remained in that position through 2004-05 season.
Miscellaneous: Played only two minor-league games during his career. ... Sang and played guitar on an album he recorded during his first season in NHL. ... Starred in racquetball and was national B Division champion for Buffalo area in 1979. ... Began 1984-85 season at Rochester by coaching team to 11 straight wins, the AHL record for most consecutive victories from start of season.
Personal: Older brother of former minor-leaguer Doug Schoenfeld.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Buffalo traded Schoenfeld, Danny Gare and Derek Smith to Detroit in exchange for Mike Foligno, Dale McCourt and Brent Peterson on Dec. 2, 1981. In a related deal on the same day, Buffalo traded goaltender Bob Sauve to Detroit in exchange for future considerations (i.e. an agreement to pay Sauve's salary until he became free agent at end of year). Schoenfeld returned to Buffalo when he signed with the Sabres as a free agent on Dec. 6, 1984.

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SNAPSHOT '72
Total Selected: 152
Forwards: 88
Defense: 47
Goaltenders: 17
Major Junior: 121
College Players: 25
Canadian: 139
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 11
U.S.-Born: 10
European: 0
Reached NHL: 67
Won Stanley Cup: 11
Hall of Fame: 2
All-Star Game: 13
Year-end All-Star: 3
Olympians: 1
Picks Traded: 24
 
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