Tim Bothwell was a reliable stay-at-home defenceman who played over 500 NHL games spread out over a decade. His strength was taking out his man and clearing the puck out of his zone when the opposition was forechecking.
The Vancouver native spent four years at Brown University. His finest year was 1976-77 when he scored 34 points in 27 games and was named to the ECAC first all-star team. Following his senior year, Bothwell was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers. He spent four years going back and forth between the AHL and the parent club before he was picked up on waivers by the St. Louis Blues at the start of the 1982-83 season.
The steady rearguard fit in well with the Blues and was a regular for three seasons until he was traded to the Hartford Whalers in October 1985. He played solidly for his new club and helped them come within in an overtime goal of reaching the semi-finals. Early the next season Bothwell was re-acquired by St. Louis where he remained a stable influence on the blueline until 1988-89. The solid veteran retired in 1990 after playing a year with the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks.