On This Day: Dave Schultz' First NHL Hat Trick

On This Day: Dave Schultz' First NHL Hat Trick

By James Jackson

January 3, 2019

The definition of Enforcer is to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. Dave Schultz lived up to that name, playing the role of Enforcer well. Schultz spent the majority of his career as a member of the infamous ‘Broad Street Bullies’.

Being drafted fifty-second overall in the 1969 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Schultz was brought on to do one thing..fight. While Schultz was a great fighter, he could also score from time to time.

On January 3, 1974, Schultz recorded his first career NHL Hat Trick to lead the Flyers past the Sabers 4-2. With only five seasons in Philadelphia, Schultz became a household name to the Flyers faithful.

Schultz sits fifth in Flyers history for regular season penalty minutes (1,386). During the Flyers run to Lord Stanley’s Cup in the 1974-1975 season, Schultz found himself making history. Schultz spent a 472 minutes in the penalty box, a record that still stands to this day.

Schultz retired in 1980 in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. He is currently a member of the Flyers Hall of Fame.

SOURCES: Elite Prospects

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