Robert Frank Hoffmeyer
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 7.27.55 Dobsland, Saskatchewan
How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Philadelphia Flyers, 8.15.83
How he left: Retired during the 85-86 season
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1983-84
NJ
58
4
12
16
-20
61
80
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1984-85
NJ
37
1
6
7
-15
65
37
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
95
5
18
23
-35
126
117
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Staying in one place for an extended time wasn't what Hoffmeyer's career was about. Not because he played for a lot of
different NHL teams (He only played for 3.), but he kept going back and forth between the NHL and the AHL.

He did play a rugged game, that was always one constant about him.

It was also popular belief that the 21 Jinx began with him. The belief was that anybody that wore that number with the
Devils would at some point get an injury that would put him out of action for a long time. In Hoffmeyer's case, he
strained his left knee during training camp in 1985, and it pretty much forced him to retire.

(Of course, history would have it that Randy McKay would break that, as he wore 21 for his entire Devils career of 12
years.)

His post-playing career with the Devils garners the most attention. He has been an assistant coach both under Jim
Schoenfeld and for Utica, and has been one of their pro scouts since 1993.

Before he became a scout, he had his only head coaching job with the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, only having
marginal success, though.
Entry Draft: 1975 Fifth Round Pick (79th overall) by the
Chicago Blackhawks
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