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Nicholas Evlampios "Nick" Fotiu (born May 25, 1952) is a retired American ice hockey forward.

Nick Fotiu
Born (1952-05-25) May 25, 1952 (age 67)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for NHL
New York Rangers
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
WHA
New England Whalers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1973–1990

A left winger, Fotiu began his career in the World Hockey Association with the New England Whalers in the 1974–75 season. Two years later, he signed with his hometown Rangers, where his role as an enforcer endeared him to Ranger fans. He was loved for his fighting style, which he picked up as a golden-gloves boxer, and that he was the first NYC-born Ranger. Fotiu played with the Rangers until 1979, when he was claimed by the Hartford Whalers in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft. Fotiu's popularity as a Ranger was enhanced by his willingness to throw pucks up into the Madison Square Garden "blue seats" after pre-game warmups, where previously he sat as a young fan. The "blue seats" were the least expensive and farthest seats from the action, far beyond where pucks would normally land during game play.

Fotiu's second tour with the Whalers ended when he was traded back to the Rangers during the middle of the 1980–81 NHL season, where he remained for five seasons. He was traded to the Calgary Flames in 1986 and helped them get to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance. Fotiu also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and briefly with the Edmonton Oilers before retiring from professional play in 1990.

After retiring, Fotiu moved into coaching, and was most recently an assistant coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack. Fotiu runs a construction business and a charitable foundation, in addition to doing public relations for the Rangers.[citation needed]

Nick Fotiu has been inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame.

LegacyEdit

  • Ranked No. 100 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 New Hyde Park Arrows NYJHL 32 6 17 23 135 5 4 4 8 14
1972–73 New Hyde Park Arrows NYJHL
1973–74 Cape Cod Cubs NAHL 72 12 24 36 371 13 4 7 11 80
1974–75 New England Whalers WHA 61 2 2 4 144 4 2 0 2 27
1974–75 Cape Codders NAHL 5 2 1 3 13
1975–76 New England Whalers WHA 49 3 2 5 94 16 3 2 5 57
1975–76 Cape Codders NAHL 6 2 1 3 15
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 8 12 174
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 59 2 7 9 105 3 0 0 0 5
1977–78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 5 1 1 2 9
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 71 3 5 8 190 4 0 0 0 6
1979–80 Hartford Whalers NHL 74 10 8 18 107 3 0 0 0 6
1980–81 Hartford Whalers NHL 42 4 3 7 79
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 27 5 6 11 91 2 0 0 0 4
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 70 8 10 18 151 10 0 2 2 6
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 72 8 13 21 90 5 0 1 1 6
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 40 7 6 13 115
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 46 4 7 11 54
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 9 4 2 6 21
1985–86 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 1 1 21 11 0 1 1 34
1986–87 Calgary Flames NHL 42 5 3 8 145
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 0 0 0 40
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1989–90 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 31 0 3 3 40
WHA totals 110 5 4 9 238 20 5 2 7 84
NHL totals 646 60 77 137 1362 38 0 4 4 67

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Preceded by
Ed Johnstone
Head coaches of the Johnstown Chiefs
1995-1997
Succeeded by
Scott Allen