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Jim Schoenfeld

Born:Sep 4, 1952Draft: 1972 Sabres, 5th Overall
Hometown:Galt, OntarioPosition:Defense
Known For:Buffalo Sabres Hall of FameShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Jim Schoenfeld (born September 4, 1952) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1984-85 season. Drafted 5th overall in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres, Schoenfeld spent the first ten years of his NHL career in Buffalo, serving as captain from 1974 to 1977, and amassing 20 points or more in seven of the ten seasons. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings during the 1981-82 season and played one more year in Detroit before signing with the Boston Bruins and playing in 39 games during the 1983-84 season. Schoenfeld completed his NHL career with the team that drafted him, producing three assists in 39 games. He retired in 1985.

Jim Schoenfeld #16 of the Buffalo Sabres
BOSTON, MA – 1970’s: Jim Schoenfeld #16 of the Buffalo Sabres is closely defended by John Wensink #8 of the Boston Bruins. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Schoenfeld made a name for himself during his post-hockey career with stints in both the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL). From head coach to general manager, to an administration career, Schoenfeld’s track record doubles his time in the NHL. In 1992, he worked for ESPN as a colour commentator and a broadcast analyst during the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 2, 1990 Buffalo SabresDanny Gare
Bob Sauve
Derek Smith
Detroit Red WingsMike Foligno
Dale McCourt
Brent Peterson

Deeper Dive

Staff History

  • Rochester Americans, AHL (Head Coach) 1984-1985
  • Buffalo Sabres (Head Coach) 1985-1986
  • New Jersey Devils (Head Coach) 1987-1990
  • Washington Capitals (Assistant Coach) 1993-1994
  • Washington Capitals (Head Coach) 1993-1997
  • Phoenix Coyotes (Head Coach) 1997-1999
  • New York Rangers (Assistant Coach) 2002-2003, 2008-2013
  • Hartford Wolf Pack, AHL (General Manager) 2003-2017
  • Hartford Wolf Pack, AHL (Head Coach) 2005-2007
  • New York Rangers (Assistant General Manager) 2007-2019
  • New York Rangers (Sr. VP of Hockey Operations) 2015-2019


  • 2x NHL All-Star Game (1977, 1980)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
  • NHL Best Plus/Minus (+60) (1980)
  • Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame (1996)