|Robert James Schmautz
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 155 pounds
Born: 3.28.45 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
|How he arrived: Traded by the Edmonton Oilers for Don Ashby, 2.25.80
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks, 10.2.80
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Schmautz had about a season and a half with the Chicago Blackhawks to start off his NHL career. That had been
sandwiched between years in the Western Hockey League. (The minor league version.) He would become a
permanent NHLer in 70-71 when he joined the Vancouver Canucks midseason. That's where he developed his
scoring skill and snarl.
By mid-decade, he would join the Boston Bruins and played there until 79-80, a year that saw him finish the season
with the Rockies. Fittingly so; he had played under Don Cherry while with the Bruins.
Probably his most memorable and infamous moment, both as a Rockie and in his career, came when he played in a
game against the Quebec Nordiques. Going back to when he was with the Bruins, he had been a thorn in the side of
Robbie Ftorek, at the time one of their defensemen. For this game, Paul Stewart (of the future NHL referee kind)
was called up from the minors to play in Denver, and promised to have Ftorek's back. Sure enough, he did, sending
Schmautz to the floor with a hard check that prompted a reaction from him. The game ended for them when they got
in a stick jousting duel, but the action didn't stop there. Stewart, with stick still in hand, ran to the other side of
McNichols to pick up where the two left off on the ice.
He otherwise had a good showing during his stint in Denver, but he decided to return to the Canucks to finish his
career. He went out on a good note, too; he had 63 points for the Canucks in 80-81.