Schaeffer had 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists), playing in all 38 games his freshman year at Boston University. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. In the 2002-03 season he played for the New York Apple Core (EJHL) where he amassed 58 points (20 goals, 38 assists) in 65 games. He captained the team to an EJHL Championship and was named an EJHL All-Star.
After a stellar rookie season, the talented two-way defenseman didn’t have the sophomore season that many had hoped for. Nevertheless, he continues to be one of Boston University’s most reliable, all-purpose defensemen. Two areas where he continues to progress nicely are in his outstanding positional play and anticipating opposing players. Schaeffer was paired with junior Dan Spang (SJ) on the Terriers’ top blueline unit, a tandem that proved to be one of the best in Hockey East play this season.
Schaeffer finished the 2004-05 season with 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists). He was one of only six Terriers to have played in all 41 games this season.
2006-07: Schaeffer’s final year at BostonUniversity and his hockey-playing career almost came to a halt in December after a vicious attack that could have ended his life. In the attack, Schaeffer was brutally beaten with a baseball bat that left him with a broken orbital bone and a severe head injury. Miraculously, the n”>South Huntington, NY native was able to return to the Terriers lineup. Schaeffer enjoyed a strong finish to his collegiate career playing in 33 games and posting ten points (six goals, four assists). Schaeffer also missed the Hockey East playoffs in March with a knee injury but returned for the NCAA Tournament match versus MichiganState.
Since returning to the BU lineup after the December attack, Schaeffer returned to form as one of the Terriers most reliable defensemen. He provided great leadership and was a steadying presence on the blueline. The maturity of his play could be particularly seen his greater defensive awareness and positioning. He also made great strides in his decisions and patience with the puck. All the while, Schaeffer continued to put up points, sometimes at crucial times.