In hockey there are certain players who are regarded as "specialists," such as the stay-at-home defenceman, the set-up man or the tough guy. Dwight Schofield was the tough guy.
Schofield, a much-traveled defenceman over his 14-year career, began in the OHA with the London Knights in 1974. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1976 Amateur Draft and was called up for a brief three-game stint in the 1976-77 season. From Detroit, Schofield spent the next five seasons in the minors with numerous teams.
Teams as the Kalamazoo Wings, Kansas City Red Wings, Fort Wayne Komets, Dayton Gems, Tulsa Oilers, Milwaukee Admirals, and Nova Scotia Voyageurs were all home to Schofield until he signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in 1982. Once again, he made a brief appearance with the team before ending up in the AHL.
When the St. Louis Blues claimed Schofield from the Habs in the 1983 Waiver Draft, he finally got some playing time in the NHL. Schofield played 70 games for the Blues in the 1983-84 season, collecting 14 points and 219 penalty minutes. He spent two seasons in St. Louis before being claimed in the Waiver Draft once again, this time by the Washington Capitals who picked him up in 1985.
The Caps took Schofield on with one purpose--to protect their scorers. He played the part well, as he moved on to the Pittsburgh Penguins and then Winnipeg Jets before ending his career with the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings in 1988, the team to which he had been demoted after his stint with the Detroit Red Wings some fourteen years earlier.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame