Rocky Trottier

Rocky Trottier (born April 11, 1964 in Climax, Saskatchewan and raised in Val Marie, Saskatchewan) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 38 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) over two seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

Rocky Trottier
Born (1964-04-11) April 11, 1964
Climax, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1982
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 19831990

Trottier, whose brother Bryan was part of the New York Islanders' dynasty of the early 1980s, was drafted by the then-unnamed New Jersey team with their first pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft; the former Colorado Rockies franchise had just relocated from Denver and had not yet announced a name. He was one of two New Jersey first-round picks in that draft; the other, Ken Daneyko, went on to play for the Devils for twenty seasons.

Professional career

Trottier made his NHL debut in 1983–84 season, appearing in five games and compiling one goal and one assist. He began the 1984–85 season with the Maine Mariners, of the American Hockey League (AHL), before being recalled by New Jersey. On December 17, 1984, during the Devils' 5–2 win at Brendan Byrne Arena, a penalty shot was awarded after Wayne Gretzky threw his stick in an attempt to stop Trottier's shot.[1] This was the first penalty shot attempt and goal in the Devils' franchise history, coming against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Andy Moog.[2] After a less-than-spectacular season, Trottier was sent back to Maine[3] where he played two seasons before being released. Upon his release, Trottier signed a contract to play in the 2nd Bundesliga with EV Füssen.[4] After one season in Germany, Trottier returned to the AHL to play with the Hershey Bears. At the end of the 1989–90 season, Trottier retired from professional hockey.[2]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Saskatoon Blades WHL 34 9 15 24 26
1980–81 Billings Bighorns WHL 28 2 11 13 41 5 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Billings Bighorns WHL 28 13 21 34 36
1982–83 Nanaimo Islanders WHL 34 13 22 35 12
1982–83 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 20 5 9 14 11 5 0 2 2 2
1982–83 Wichita Wind CHL 2 0 1 1 0
1983–84 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 34 50 84 41 14 5 10 15 13
1983–84 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1984–85 Maine Mariners AHL 34 17 16 33 4 10 2 0 2 15
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 5 3 8 2
1985–86 Maine Mariners AHL 66 12 19 31 42
1986–87 Maine Mariners AHL 77 9 14 23 41
1988–89 EV Füssen DEL-2 33 23 31 54 22
1989–90 Hershey Bears AHL 49 15 13 28 18
NHL totals 38 6 4 10 2

References

  1. Yannis, Alex (December 18, 1984). "DEVILS SLOW OILERS, GRETZKY". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  2. "Devils first-ever draft pick, Rocky Trottier, was a 'can't miss' who missed". NJ.com. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. "SMAIL'S 2 GOALS HELP JETS DEFEAT DEVILS". go.galegroup.com. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. "SCOUTING; Crossing Atlantic To Get to N.H.L." go.galegroup.com. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
Preceded by
Joe Cirella
New Jersey Devils first-round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Ken Daneyko
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