Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joel Otto
Joel Otto was one of the NHL's best two-way centres during a career that spanned 14 seasons. The 6'4" behemoth was blessed with quick hands as well as strength, which made him a handful on faceoffs, along the boards, and in the slot. Otto was utilized in offensive and checking roles and was a strong leader wherever he played.

The native of Elk River, Minnesota played four seasons at Division II power Bemidji State where he was a two-time all-American and was nominated once for the Hobey Baker Award. After recording consecutive 30-goal seasons he was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames in September 1984. He excelled with the Moncton Golden Flames in 1984-85 then impressed with the 12 points in 17 games after being recalled to the NHL. After Winnipeg eliminated the Flames in the first round of the playoffs, Otto helped the U.S. place fourth at the World Championships.

Otto carved a significant place for himself on the Calgary roster by scoring 25 goals in 1985-86, including nine on the power play. The powerful centre scored 15 points in 22 post-season matches as the Flames reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. Other highlights for Otto included playing for Team USA at the 1987 Canada Cup and scoring 19 points for Calgary when they won the Stanley Cup in 1989. He later played for the U.S. at the 1990 World Championships and helped them reach the finals of the 1991 Canada Cup.

When the Flames began to rebuild in the mid-'90s, Otto was not resigned. He inked a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers and played three seasons there before retiring in 1998. Along the way he helped Philly reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in a decade in 1997 and represented his country when they won the World Cup in 1996 and took part at the Nagano Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Roseau Rams High-MN 23 5 11 16 10
1981-82 Bemidji State University NCAA 31 19 33 52 24
1982-83 Bemidji State University NCAA 37 33 28 61 68
1983-84 Bemidji State University NCAA 31 32 43 75 32
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 17 4 8 12 30 +3 3 2 1 3 10
1984-85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 56 27 36 63 89
1984-85 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 8
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 79 25 34 59 188 +23 22 5 10 15 80
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 68 19 31 50 185 +8 2 0 2 2 6
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 2 2 4
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 62 13 39 52 194 +16 9 3 2 5 26
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 72 23 30 53 213 +12 22 6 13 19 46
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 75 13 20 33 116 +4 6 2 2 4 2
1989-90 United States WEC-A 9 2 4 6 2
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 76 19 20 39 183 -4 7 1 2 3 8
1991-92 United States Can-Cup 8 4 0 4 2
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 78 13 21 34 161 -10
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 75 19 33 52 150 +2 6 4 2 6 4
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 81 11 12 23 92 -17 3 0 1 1 4
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 47 8 13 21 130 +8 7 0 3 3 2
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 12 29 41 115 +11 12 3 4 7 11
1996-97 United States W-Cup 7 1 2 3 6
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 13 19 32 99 +12 18 1 5 6 8
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 3 4 7 78 -2 5 0 0 0 0
1997-98 United States Olympics 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 943 195 313 508 1934 122 27 47 74 207


NCAA (College Div.) West All-American Team (1983, 1984) Signed as a free agent by Calgary, September 11, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 31, 1995.