A.I. chatbot ChatGPT took the internet by storm this year after its official launch on Nov. 30, 2022. The highly-detailed, conversation-style bot has notoriously been used to write prompts or papers for students, but apparently it knows a little bit about sports too. According to ChatGPT, these are the top-10 Philadelphia Flyers players of all time:
#10: Dave Schultz, “The Hammer”, LW, Flyers: 1972-1976
"“Known as the “Hammer,” Schultz was a tough enforcer and a key part of the “Broad Street Bullies” era.” – ChatGPT"
Dave Schultz, the Flyers’ 52nd overall pick in the 1969 NHL draft, was a rule-breaker and a game-changer during his playing days – literally. Nicknamed “The Hammer”, Schultz made his Flyers debut in the 1971-1972 season and would quickly become one of the most feared enforcers in NHL history.
Schultz spent the next four full years of his career with the Flyers, and achieved some notable feats along the way. The winger won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Flyers in 1974 and 1975, and also set the NHL record for penalty minutes in a season with his 472 in the 1974-75 season. With all of the rule changes and safety precautions in the modern NHL, it’s highly unlikely Schultz’ record ever gets broken.
Schultz was also known to wear wraps on his hands to protect himself from injuries in fights, but the NHL quickly picked up on this and eventually banned it after it became popular amongst the enforcer crowd. Later, this would be dubbed the “Schultz Rule”.
Schultz left the Flyers after four short, spirited years in the City of Brotherly Love, but not before he permanently cemented his place in Flyers lore.