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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Feb 16--Darcy Rota

Darcy Rota

Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 1 #13 overall 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Selected by Houston Aeros round 1 #9 overall 1973 WHA Amateur Draft.

In the early years with the Hawks, he was tossed onto a line with Stan Mikita and Cliff Koroll. In such company, Rota became a steady scorer from day one. Several seasons later, he jumped to a line with Dale Tallon and Chico Maki where he continued to be a consistent performer.
In 1979, however, the Hawks couldn't resist the opportunity to get their hands on Tom Lysiak of the Atlanta Flames. The two clubs cooked up a blockbuster trade that swept Rota down to Georgia along with Phil Russell and Ivan Boldriev.
Rota's career with the Flames lasted little more than a season before he was traded to the Vancouver Cancuks in 1980. On the West Coast, he turned his offensive game up to his personal-best level, netting 81 points during the 1982-83 campaign. The following season, however, he suffered a serious spinal injury that raised talk of wheelchairs and retirement. But after neck surgery, the wheelchair was ruled out while retirement was ushered in.


1973-1984Chicago, Atlanta, Vancouver794256239495973
1974-1984Chicago, Atlanta, Vancouver6014721147

Received these blue ink signed cards TTM.

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