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Former Bruin Bobby Schmautz Passes Away at 76

Forward played seven seasons in Boston from 1973-80

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Former Bruins forward Bobby Schmautz passed away on Sunday at his home in Arizona. It was his 76th birthday.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native played in Boston from 1973-80.

Schmautz, who arrived in Boston just after the Bruins' pair of Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972, was a considerable part of the club's subsequent success, helping the Black & Gold reach three Stanley Cup Finals (1974, 1977, 1978) in his seven seasons donning the Spoked-B.

He was part of the historic 1977-78 Boston Bruins as one of a record 11 20-goal scorers that season. Schmautz ranked third on the team with 27 goals.

His shining moment in Boston came during the 1978 Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens when he delivered the overtime winner in Game 4 to knot the series at two games apiece. During that run, Schmautz was third on the Bruins in playoff scoring - behind Brad Park and Peter McNab - with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 15 games.

In 70 career playoff games for the Bruins, Schmautz potted 26 goals which is tied with Bobby Orr for 14th on the B's all-time list. His 56 postseason points rank 19th in Bruins history. He also co-owns the club record for goals in a playoff series with eight in six games vs. Los Angeles in the 1977 quarterfinals.

The 5-foot-9, 172-pound right shot was undersized for the era, but still managed to post five consecutive 20-goal seasons with the Bruins, including a high of 28 in 1975-76. He also collected 50-plus points four times. Schmautz posted a career-high 33 goals and 65 points in 1973-74, during which he was traded from Vancouver to Boston in exchange for Chris Oddleifson, Fred O'Donnell and Mike Walton.

Overall, Schmautz played 354 games with the Bruins, notching 134 goals and 295 points, along with 444 penalty minutes.

Schmautz also suited up for Chicago, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Colorado (Rockies) during his 13-year NHL career. He totaled 764 games with 271 goals and 557 points.

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