Thursday, November 26, 2015

David Schill

1 NHL Game

February 1, 1992 Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils. 6-4 win.

   At the beginning of February, 1992 David Schill's dream came true when he got a call from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was asked to backup future Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. It all started when Rick Wamsley left the team due to the unfortunate death of his father. Leafs goalie Felix Potvin was out with an injury so the team was forced to look deep into their depth chart and recall rookie Damian Rhodes from St. John's of the AHL. The Leafs assigned Schill, far down on the team's depth chart, to serve as an emergency replacement in the AHL. A snowstorm, however, changed their plans and stranded Rhodes in Newfoundland. Schill, who was at Pearson airport trying to get a plane to St. John's, got a call from the Leafs to stay in Ontario and take Rhodes' place on the NHL roster. Schill's parents, who had gone shopping after dropping him off at the airport, got the surprise call to instead head to the arena to see their son in an NHL jersey. "It was a big deal. It was the biggest thrill of my life," said Schill. "Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour took me out for supper that night."(1) Rhodes later caught the next available flight and Schill's short NHL career was over almost as quickly as it had began. Because the NHL did not consider the Brantford Smoke to be a pro hockey team, Schill was considered an amateur when he signed with Toronto. 

   David Schill played for four different OHL teams as a junior. He was never drafted but did get invites to NHL camps from the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. 

Career stats from
Born Jan 15 1970 -- Kitchener, ONT 
Height 6.01 -- Weight 178
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1987-88London KnightsOHL410212130140303.941112
1988-89London KnightsOHL300121609112114.181592---
1988-89Toronto MarlborosOHL260241475113104.6012120602
1989-90Hamilton DukesOHL100658545014.622523400.883---
1989-90Kitchener RangersOHL2208118579114.0010735470.874---
1990-91Waterloo SiskinsMwJHL000
1991-92St. John's Maple LeafsAHL20011310005.31011630.863---
1991-92Brantford SmokeCoHL363361927149004.6418141204
1992-93Chatham WheelsCoHL262201340126205.6471506640.841---
also used: Toronto Star article from Feb, 2, 1992 paper. 

1 comment:

  1. I remember this guy sitting in the bench & the TV commentators telling the crazy story of the days events as to how he ended up backing up Fuhr that night. Wow, almost 30 years now