Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Botell
At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Mark Botell was always an easy figure to spot on the ice and opposing players definitely kept an eye on the big defenseman, who was known to dish out thundering bodychecks. He played a year of Tier Two hockey with the Wexford Raiders of the MTHL. In 1978-79 he made the jump to major junior, playing for the Niagara Falls Flyers. Midway through the next season he was traded to the Windsor Spitfires, but after just two games in the lineup was again moved to the Brantford Alexanders where he played out his junior eligibility.

Botell's size and strength were certainly the positive characteristics of his game, but there was a concern over his lack of speed on the ice. He was still available in round eight of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and the Philadelphia Flyers selected him with the 168th pick.

As a 20-year-old rookie, Botell was inserted into 32 games for the Flyers in 1981-82 and contributed four goals and 14 points. Despite what was considered to be a decent rookie campaign, it also turned out to be his final NHL season. He never again was able to crack the NHL but did play in the minors until 1985-86, finishing his career with the St. Catharines Saints of the AHL, at the time the farm club of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Wexford Raiders MTHL 73 15 28 43 168
1978-79 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 55 2 8 10 122 14 2 1 3 6
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 20 2 5 7 11
1979-80 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 15 2 3 5 24 11 1 5 6 10
1980-81 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 58 11 20 31 143 4 0 2 2 12
1980-81 Maine Mariners AHL 2 0 1 1 0 20 4 4 8 36
1981-82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 4 10 14 31 +8
1981-82 Maine Mariners AHL 42 3 14 17 41 3 0 1 1 4
1982-83 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 24 6 14 20 43
1982-83 Maine Mariners AHL 30 1 4 5 26
1983-84 Montana Magic CHL 2 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 78 16 27 43 164 9 2 1 3 6
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen IHL 70 6 21 27 77 20 1 3 4 35
1985-86 SIJ Hertogenbosch Holland
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 11 1 3 4 17 12 1 3 4 8
NHL Totals 32 4 10 14 31


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