Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Rota
Randy Rota was born August 16, 1950 in Creston, B.C. The 3rd choice, 33rd overall of the California Golden Seals in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft, Rota, who played bigger than his 5'8", 170 lbs. frame relied on his skating and speed to compensate for his lack of size in order to compete at the NHL level.

A graduate of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League's Calgary Centennials, Rota joined the American Hockey League's Providence Reds in 1970-71 before being traded by California to Montreal in October of 1971.

As a member of the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1971-72, Rota led his team to the 1972 Calder Cup championship, before making his NHL debut with Montreal the following year. While he spent the majority of the 1972-73 season with Nova Scotia, Rota played two games with Montreal before the Canadiens traded him to the Los Angeles Kings in the off season.

Rota spent one year in Los Angeles with the Kings before the Kansas City Scouts claimed him in the 1974 Expansion Draft. After spending two years in Kansas City with the Scouts, the franchise transferred to Colorado in 1976 where Rota played in only game with the Rockies, before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association. Even though he spent the majority of the year with Edmonton, Rota played in a handful of games with the Central Hockey League's Oklahoma City Blazers before returning to Edmonton in 1978-79 for his final year of professional hockey.

Throughout his NHL career, Randy Rota played in 217 career games, scoring 38 goals and adding 40 assists for 78 career NHL points. As of 1983, Randy Rota was a life underwriter for Mutual Life of Canada in Kamloops, B.C.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL 40 45 28 73 22
1968-69 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 33 20 18 38 2 11 0 3 3
1969-70 Calgary Centennials WCJHL 60 43 47 90 43 15 3 8 11 12
1970-71 Providence Reds AHL 68 31 34 65 31 10 4 3 7 4
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 72 32 23 55 24 15 6 4 10 2
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 1 1 2 0 +2
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 73 34 38 72 23 13 10 7 17 10
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 10 6 16 16 -8 5 0 1 1 0
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 80 15 18 33 30 -39
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 71 12 14 26 14 -38
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 12 4 4 8 5
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 40 9 6 15 8 5 3 2 5 0
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 53 8 22 30 12 5 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 212 38 39 77 60 5 0 1 1 0


BCJHL First All-Star Team (1968) Traded to Montreal by California for Lyle Carter and John French, October 8, 1971. Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal with Bob Murdoch for Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Mario Tremblay) in 1974 Amateur Draft and cash, May 29, 1973. Claimed by Kansas City from Los Angeles in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Colorado for cash, November, 1976.
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