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To sum it up, Jim Schoenfeld was tough.
In nine seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, the defenseman managed to rack up 1,025 penalty minutes (ranking seventh all-time) and registered a career total of 1,132 PIM in the NHL.
Drafted fifth overall by the Sabres in the 1972 Entry Draft, he wanted to make a good first impression – and prove to his competition that he could fight with the best of them.
In his rookie season, Schoenfeld led the team with 178 penalty minutes, making his mark early and often.
It was in one of those games that his persona was perhaps best summarized; when on December 13, 1972 Schoenfeld took on the entire Boston Bruins (or so it seemed).
He started by picking a fight with Bobby Orr, which didn’t go over well with his teammates.
Carol Vadnais and Wayne Cashman both retaliated by the end of the game – and Schoenfeld, to say the least, held his own.
He discarded Vadnais easily before Cashman came in. The decision to tussle with Schoenfeld would not be his best move during the game.
The pair fought along the Zamboni entrance doors, throwing haymakers as inevitably they crashed through the wall. It was a humerous moment as they were still landing punches as they fell into the hallway.