Bob Woytowich was certainly not the most gifted hockey player ever to skate in the NHL, but he was a solid defenseman who played a very smart game, which allowed him to stay in the pro ranks for close to 20 years. Not overly large, or fast, he compensated by reading plays before they unfolded.
Woytowich began his NHL career in 1964-65 with the Boston Bruins. In 21 games he scored two goals and ten assists. The following year he was on the team for 68 games, again scoring two goals but increasing his assists total to 17. Woytowich played another season with the Bruins before being moved out to the expansion Minnesota North Stars in 1967. In his only season with the Stars, Woytowich provided leadership on the team, primarily made up of young kids and castoffs. He collected four goals and 17 assists while spending 63 minutes in the penalty box.
In 1968-69, Woytowich joined the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would play for three full seasons and part of a fourth. His best NHL season from an offensive perspective was 1969-70 when he tallied 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists. Midway through the 1971-72 season, he went from one bad team to another, when he was shipped of to Los Angeles to play for the Kings for Al McDonough on January 12.
Perhaps tired of playing for perennial doormats, Woytowich saw an opportunity to branch out with the arrival of the World Hockey Association. He signed with the Winnipeg Jets, playing with them for two seasons before moving on to the Indianapolis Racers in 1974-75. But, he was only there for about half a year before going back to the Jets later that season. In 1975-76, he returned to Indianapolis to play another 42 games.
The 1977-78 season was the final professional hockey year for Woytowich, who, at 36, played several games for the Steinbach Huskies of the CSHL.