Schofield fought and clawed out his NHL career
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008, 00:00
Growing up, Dick Schofield was a standout hockey player. Schofield made his way through the ranks as a left wing.
However, after one season with London in juniors in 1974-75, Schofield changed positions to defense with London the next year. The move paid dividends as the 6-foot, 195-pound Schofield was drafted in the fifth round, No. 76 overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1976 NHL Draft.
"One of my most memorable moments was when I was playing for Detroit and I scored my first career NHL goal against Washington," Schofield said. "We were playing at Washington and my goal tied things up with about two minutes to play."
In today's offensive-friendly NHL, Schofield probably would have played very little, but in the old-school NHL, Schofield found his role as an enforcer. His nickname was "Sconan the Barbarian."
Schofield made his NHL debut in 1976-77 with the Detroit Red Wings and he ended up playing in 211 career games in the NHL with Detroit, Montreal, Washington and Pittsburgh.
Schofield led the Blues in penalty minutes in 1983-84 (219) and 1984-85 (184).
He played a career-high 70 games with the Blues in the 1983-84 season, scoring 14 points.
Schofield, who wore the No. 2 jersey with the Blues, retired in 1988.
"I played in the (hockey) minor leagues for seven years and that felt like an eternity," Schofield said. "I didn't know if I was every going to be able to play in the NHL, so once I got here I just kept working hard, so I could stick in the NHL."
Schofield also mentioned that getting to play at the old Boston Garden against the Boston Bruins with the St. Louis Blues was something that also was memorable for him. Schofield grew up in Massachusetts and he was a fan of the Boston Bruins.