The late Cliff Schmautz was born March 17, 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Claimed by the Flyers off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 28, 1970, the undersized but skilled right winger compiled 20 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 30 games over the remainder of the 1969-70 season.
After the season, at Schmautz's request, the Flyers sold the western Canadian native's contract to the Western Hockey League's Portland Buckaroos. Schmautz, who previously played for the team and had permanently settled in Portland, wanted to play closer to home.
Following his retirement as an active player, Schmautz remained in Portland, where we worked with a roofing company. He passed away at age 62 on Feb. 10, 2002 due to complications after undergoing heart surgery.
Cliff Schmautz's younger brother, Bobby, was a longtime NHL forward. During his years with the Boston Bruins especially, Bobby Schmautz was among the Flyers' most hated rivals.