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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Dave Schultz Auto from Broad Street Boys

The other part of the deal that I got from selling my David Robinson Printing Plate and Michael Leighton Orange Version Auto was to get an autograph of Dave Schultz from Broad Street Boys.


Schultz was actually a point-producer during his time in the juniors, but transitioned to his enforcer role while playing for Salem in the EHL. After joining the Flyers, it would be his fists, not his stick, that would make him famous. Schultz would play just five seasons with the Flyers, before becoming a "gun for hire" for the Kings, Penguins, and Sabres, whenever those teams came into need for some muscle.

Unlike most enforcers, who are there to fight, and little else, Schultz didn't forget how to put points on the board. In the 1973-74 season, Schultz scored 20 goals and 16 assists, and scored the series-clinching goal in the first round of the 1974 playoffs against the Atlanta Flames.

After injuring his wrist in a fight, Schultz began wearing boxing wraps on his hands for protection of his hurt wrists. Soon afterward, other enforcers in the NHL and WHA began wearing the wraps, not for an injury, but simply to avoid a potential injury from fighting. Soon afterward, both pro hockey leagues adopted the "Schultz Rule," banning the boxing wraps. See? Sean Avery wasn't the first to have a rule unofficially named for him.

Schultz also sang on a novelty song called "The Penalty Box," which was done with help from a local Philadelphia band.

Enjoy.


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