Selected by New York Islanders, round 2 #22 overall in the 1974 nHL Amateur Draft.
Selected by Cincinnati Stingers, round 2 #18 overall in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft.
Bryan Trottier was a modern-day player with old-fashioned attributes. At a time when specialists were beginning to take over from the all-round player, Trottier was a throwback. He was a defensively sound centerman with the vision and instincts of a pure scorer.
In 1974 the NHL was reacting to the threat of the World Hockey Association. The elder league held a semi-secret draft with an emphasis on underaged players - teenagers who were 17 and 18 years old. Trottier was chosen 22nd overall in the second round, and he was the ninth underaged player taken that year.
His number 19 was raised to the rafters on October 20, 2001.