Schaefer was selected by San Jose in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL draft. He spent most of his first three seasons suiting up for the Cleveland Barons (AHL), but made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 campaign, playing in seven games for the Sharks and posting a fantastic 5-1-0 mark with a 1.87 goals against average.
So it was a bit surprising when he was pushed out of the San Jose cage the next season and began the year with the Sharks’ new AHL affiliate in Worcester. His stay in Massachusetts lasted just 16 games before he was loaned out to the Hershey Bears for three contests. Finally he was acquired by Pittsburgh at the trade deadline for a seventh round draft pick, and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Schaefer appeared in 15 games with the Penguins in 2006-07, going 9-5-0 with a 2.24 goals against average, and won AHL Goaltender of the Month for March with an 8-3-0 record, a 1.98 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and one shutout.
The Saskatchewan native spent the following two seasons in Houston, took a trip to Moscow in 2009-10, rejoined the Bears in 2010-11, and has spent the past four seasons playing in Switzerland, although he did attend Wilkes-Barre’s training camp in 2014.