Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dick Kotanen
Defenceman Dick Kotanen was reliable in his own end and could chip in offensively on occasion. In among a fine amateur and minor pro career was a one game stint with the New York Rangers in 1950-51.

The native of Port Arthur, Ontario played with the local West-Enders and Shipbuilders from 1942 to 1944 before moving to Manitoba. He spent two years out west with the Winnipeg Maroons, Winnipeg Army, and Brandon Elks. Kotanen continued to play senior hockey while also suiting up for the EHL's New York Rovers. His fine play for the Rovers was in the back of the minds of the Rangers' brass when they were short on players one week in the 1950-51 season.

After his NHL experience, Kotanen went back to playing in the minors and the senior leagues across Canada. Some of the teams he played with included the Trail Smoke Eaters, Windsor Bulldogs and Chatham Maroons. After spending the 1957-58 season with the NOHA's North Bay trappers, Kotanen left the game after nearly 20 years.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 8 3 2 5 2 3 0 1 1 2
1943-44 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 11 3 4 7 6 4 0 3 3 4
1943-44 Port Arthur Shipbuilders TBSHL 1 0 0 0 2
1943-44 Port Arthur Shipbuilders Al-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Winnipeg Maroons MJHL 4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 2
1944-45 Winnipeg Army WSrHL 9 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 2
1945-46 Brandon Elks MJHL 8 2 3 5 2 7 1 2 3 16
1946-47 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 12 1 8 9 12 5 0 0 0 8
1946-47 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 8 0 1 1 0
1947-48 New York Rovers EAHL 17 3 6 9 10
1947-48 New York Rovers QSHL 45 3 8 11 34 4 1 2 3 4
1948-49 New York Rovers EAHL 63 4 10 14 52
1949-50 Regina Capitals WCSHL 49 5 5 10 102
1949-50 New York Rovers EAHL 1 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 22
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Sherbrooke Saints QMHL 19 0 2 2 30
1950-51 New York Rovers EAHL 32 2 4 6 79 6 0 1 1 37
1951-52 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 33 4 14 18 110 10 3 4 7 20
1952-53 Seattle Bombers WHL 2 1 1 2 0
1952-53 Kamloops Elks OSHL 51 3 16 19 107 12 3 4 7 24
1953-54 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 54 10 23 33 87 4 1 3 4 20
1954-55 Windsor<196)Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 46 3 18 21 77
1954-55 Pembroke Lumber Kings NOHA 2 1 0 1 2
1955-56 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 48 1 8 9 109 10 0 4 4 22
1955-56 Chatham Maroons Al-Cup 17 1 8 9 16
1956-57 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 17 0 4 4 22
1956-57 Kingston CKLC's EOHL 29 1 9 10 40 5 1 0 1 8
1957-58 North Bay Trappers NOHA 42 1 13 14 32
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0


OSHL First All-Star Team (1953)
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