18 Days of Blackhawks Drafts: Darcy Rota (1973)
Before the Blackhawks take the podium to announce the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks Blog takes you through the history of the team's greatest draft picks, and how they spent their time in the Blackhawks sweater.
LW Darcy Rota - Selected 13th overall in the 1973 Entry Draft
One of the top snipers of his draft class, Darcy Rota finished his final junior hockey season with 73 goals in 68 games for the WCJHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, and was selected by the Blackhawks with the 13th overall pick in 1973.
Rota made the jump to the NHL immediately and turned in a strong rookie season; he recorded 21 goals and 33 points in that campaign, as well as a +16 plus/minus rating in 74 games, often sharing a line with Stan Mikita and Cliff Koroll.
In his first four seasons with the Blackhawks, Rota never scored fewer than 20 goals, and tied for the team lead in tallies during the 1976-77 season with 24. He also became a strong two-way player, making important contributions at both ends of the ice.
Rota's final year with the Blackhawks was 1978-79, when he was traded mid-season to Atlanta in the deal that brought center Tom Lysiak to Chicago.
In 794 total NHL contests with Chicago, Atlanta and Vancouver, Rota recorded 256 goals and 239 assists.