Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darcy Rota
As an all-star with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WCJHL from 1970 to 1973, Darcy Rota was a scoring ace with a reputation for putting the pursuit of goals ahead of playing defense.

Nonetheless, he was a coveted draft pick scooped up by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1973. Under coach Billy Reay's direction, Rota was pressured to stick to his wing, moving up and down in the older, traditional style of the NHL. With such specific direction, he was able to quickly develop into a more balanced player.

In the early years with the Hawks, he was tossed onto a line with Stan Mikita and Cliff Koroll. In such company, Rota became a steady scorer from day one. Several seasons later, he jumped to a line with Dale Tallon and Chico Maki where he continued to be a consistent performer.

In 1979, however, the Hawks couldn't resist the opportunity to get their hands on Tom Lysiak of the Atlanta Flames. The two clubs cooked up a blockbuster trade that swept Rota down to Georgia along with Phil Russell and Ivan Boldriev.

Rota's career with the Flames lasted little more than a season before he was traded to the Vancouver Cancuks in 1980. On the West Coast, he turned his offensive game up to his personal-best level, netting 81 points during the 1982-83 campaign. The following season, however, he suffered a serious spinal injury that raised talk of wheelchairs and retirement. But after neck surgery, the wheelchair was ruled out while retirement was ushered in.

Since hanging up his blades at age 31, Rota has worked for the Canucks' public relations department and as their Director of Player Personnel.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 64 43 39 82 60 17 13 10 23 15
1970-71 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 2 0 0 0 4
1971-72 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 67 51 54 105 68 16 8 9 17 11
1971-72 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 2 1 1 2 2
1972-73 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 68 73 56 129 104 4 5 4 9 14
1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 21 12 33 58 +16 11 3 0 3 11
1974-75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 22 22 44 93 +1 7 0 1 1 24
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 20 17 37 73 -8 4 1 0 1 2
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 24 22 46 82 -7 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 17 20 37 67 +5 4 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 13 17 30 77 -10
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 13 9 5 14 21 +3 2 0 1 1 26
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 44 10 8 18 49 +3
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 5 6 11 29 -9 4 2 0 2 8
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 31 56 124 +10 3 2 1 3 14
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 20 20 40 139 +6 17 6 3 9 54
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 42 39 81 88 +13 3 0 0 0 6
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 28 20 48 73 -12 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 794 256 239 495 973 60 14 7 21 147


WCJHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1973) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984)
Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Ivan Boldirev and Phil Russell for Tom Lysiak, Pat Ribble, Harold Phillipoff, Greg Fox and Miles Zaharko, March 13, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta with Ivan Boldirev for Don Lever and Brad Smith, February 8, 1980.
Missed entire 1984-85 due to neck injury vs. Los Angeles, February 2, 1984. Officially announced his retirement, December 4, 1984.
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