Rocky Trottier

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

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 Devils had just moved from Denver, Colorado to New Jersey and had not chosen a name yet). He was one of two first round picks the Devils had in that draft; the other, Ken Daneyko, went on to play for the Devils for twenty seasons and was part of every New Jersey playoff run until his retirement at the end of the 2002-2003 season.

Amateur Statistics[1][edit]

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1980-81 Saskatoon Blades Western Hockey League 34 9 15 24 26
1980-81 Billings Bighorns Western Hockey League 28 2 11 13 41
1981-82 Billings Bighorns Western Hockey League 28 13 21 34 36
1982-83 Nanaimo Islanders Western Hockey League 34 13 22 35 12
1982-83 Medicine Hat Tigers Western Hockey League 20 5 9 14 11
1982-83 Wichita Wind Central Hockey League 2 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Medicine Hat Tigers Western Hockey League 65 34 50 84 41

Professional career[edit]

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

Professional Statistics[1][edit]

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Maine Mariners American Hockey League 34 17 16 33 4
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 5 3 8 2
1985-86 Maine Mariners American Hockey League 66 12 19 31 42
1986-87 Maine Mariners American Hockey League 77 9 14 23 41
1988-89 EV Füssen 2nd Bundesliga (ice hockey) 33 23 31 54 22
1989-90 Hershey Bears American Hockey League 49 15 13 28 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rocky Trottier hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ Yannis, Alex (1984-12-18). "DEVILS SLOW OILERS, GRETZKY". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Devils first-ever draft pick, Rocky Trottier, was a 'can't miss' who missed". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  4. ^ "SMAIL'S 2 GOALS HELP JETS DEFEAT DEVILS". go.galegroup.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  5. ^ "SCOUTING; Crossing Atlantic To Get to N.H.L.". go.galegroup.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 

External links[edit]

  • Rocky Trottier's career statistics at HockeyDB
Preceded by
Joe Cirella
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Ken Daneyko