|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
When the Devils started to slide in midseason after the best start in team history at the time in 87-88, the
move was made to hire Schoenfeld. The team responded to his fieriness, and with the addition of Sean
Burke for the stretch run, the Devils went on a 9-0-1 tear in the last 10 games of the season, including
the miraculous overtime win in Chicago the last day to clinch the Devils' first ever playoff spot.
The 88 playoffs was not only known for the Devils' Cinderella run that left them one win short of the
Stanley Cup finals, but for a postgame confrontation between Schoenfeld and referee Don Koharski
after a game against the Boston Bruins. Schoenfeld went to discuss a call he didn't like, and words got
heated. Koharski took a spill onto the floor, and accused Schoenfeld of shoving him down. In response,
Schoenfeld said "You fell, you fat pig! Have another donut!"
The result of Donutgate was a one-game suspension, which got upheld thanks to a court order Lou
Lamoriello filed and lead to the officials for that game refusing to work. The game went on with
replacement officials, and after a hearing, the lack of one being the reason Lamoriello filed a court
order in the first place, Schoenfeld would serve his suspension in the next game.
The Devils would miss the playoffs the next season, and Schoenfeld would be let go after 14 games into
the 89-90 season despite the team being at .500.
Since then, he has served as either a head coach or an assistant in various organizations, including with
the Washington Capitals in the mid-90s and the Phoenix Coyotes to close out the millennium. Currently,
he works in the New York Rangers system as the Hartford Wolfpack's GM, thus is an assistant GM.
He has also been an assistant coach with the Rangers and was the head coach of the Wolfpack for 2
The only thing he hasn't done is get in the recording studio with John Valby... oh wait! I take that back.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|James Grant Schoenfeld
Born: 9.4.52 Gaff, Ontario