Congrats are in order to Bobby Clarke, who won a landslide election into Hockey Hell this week. Dale Hunter put up a respectable showing in second place, and Ken Linseman finished a distant third. With that, we move on to the Left Wing position, and the four candidates listed below.
Be sure to take a good look at each candidate as this is an especially competitve category. If nothing else, click the hyperlinks which almost all point toward a Youtube vid or archived news article worth seeing. Click here for an explanation of the Hockey Hell series. Voting for the LW position ends next Friday!
- Nicknamed "The Hammer".
- Was the most violent member of the Broad Street Bullies teams in Philadelphia, pairing with Bobby Clarke and Dave Williams to round out the dirtiest lineup of all time.
- Enabled Clarke's cheapshottery by providing cover for him when enforcers came calling. Common wisdom has it that Clarke was only able to survive his playing career because of Schultz's presence during line brawls.
- Nearly broke the unthinkable 500-PIM barrier, setting a league record with 472 in 1974-75.
- Originated the "Schultz Rule", which bans boxing wraps on the wrists of players who fight.
- Nearly sparked a melee at Nassau Coliseum in 1974, headbutting the Islanders' Gary Howatt along the glass and then reaching over to provoke an unruly NY crowd.
- In Game 7 of the 1974 semi-finals, Schultz jumped Rangers defenseman Dale Rolfe and pounded him mercilessly, pulling his hair and punching him repeatedly with little opposition. Rolfe registered all of 56 PIM that season, to Schultz's 348. The Flyers won the game and the series.
- In 1975, he recorded the song "Penalty Box".
- Despite a solitary 20-goal season, Schultz brought little hockey skill to the table. He bounced around the league as a role player in the late 70s and early 80s, never playing two full seasons for the same team. He washed out of the league in 1980, ignominiously retiring in the AHL.
- Bit Leafs enforcer Kurt Walker on the nose.
- Sucker-punched Vancouver rookie John Vanboxmer, knocking him out cold...
- ... and then signed photos of the incident...
- ... even though he was schooled by Hall of Famer Larry Robinson only moments later.
- Stars in one of the league's most notoriously violent photographs.
- Toronto media nickname = Sideshow Bob
- A notorious diver and whiner.