Jim Schoenfeld begins his 16th season with the Rangers organization and his third season as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager. In his role, he assists Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton on all player transactions. Prior to his promotion on July 1, 2015, Schoenfeld served the previous eight seasons as Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel of the Rangers.
Schoenfeld spent the past 14 seasons as General Manager of the Wolf Pack (2003-04 - 2016- 17), and he also served as head coach of the team for two seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He assumed head coaching duties for the organization on July 13, 2005, when he became the fourth head coach in franchise history. Schoenfeld has played a key role in developing the organization's pool of prospects.
During Schoenfeld's tenure in the organization, several Blueshirts developed under his guidance in Hartford before becoming key contributors in New York. While Schoenfeld was the Wolf Pack General Manager, players such as current Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Brady Skjei, and former Ranger Artem Anisimov made their professional debuts with the Wolf Pack/Whale in the AHL before being called up by the Blueshirts. In his two seasons as head coach of the Wolf Pack, Schoenfeld played a vital role in the progression of players such as former Blueshirts Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Dubinsky.
In July of 2016, Schoenfeld received the Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of career contributions to the American Hockey League.
In 2014-15, the Rangers and Wolf Pack were the only NHL and AHL teams from the same organization to both reach the Conference Finals. It was the first time in franchise history that the Rangers and their AHL affiliate both reached the Eastern Conference Final in the same season.
Prior to joining Hartford, Schoenfeld served as an Assistant Coach with the Rangers for the 2002-03 campaign. He joined the Rangers after serving as a lead analyst for ESPN's National Hockey Night from 1999 through 2002. A veteran of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League as a head coach, Schoenfeld compiled a 256-246-78 record (.509 points percentage) with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, and Phoenix Coyotes, and he reached the playoffs in six of the 10 campaigns.
After leaving ESPN to assume head coaching duties of the Washington Capitals on January 27, 1994, Schoenfeld posted a record of 113-102-34 in 249 regular season games. Schoenfeld guided the New Jersey Devils from January 26, 1988 through November 6, 1990, leading the club to a record of 50-59-15 in 124 games. During the 1987-88 season, he was responsible for leading the Devils to the team's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, taking the club to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Schoenfeld skated in 719 career NHL games with the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins from 1972-73 through 1984-85. A former captain of the Sabres, he registered 51 goals and 204 assists for 255 points, along with 1,132 penalty minutes. Originally selected by Buffalo in the first round, fifth overall, of the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, Schoenfeld is a member of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
A native of Galt, Ontario, Schoenfeld and his wife, Theresa, have a daughter, Katie, and three sons, Justin, Adam, and Nathan.