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.