Former Canuck and BC boy Darcy Rota was at GM Place on Tuesday, November 3 to meet fans before the Canucks took on the NY Rangers. Rota who currently sits 18th in all-time Canucks scoring showed why he was a fan favorite as he engaged young and old fans alike in conversation. Fans were eager to share their memories of his time with the Canucks. The charismatic Rota was also able to visit appreciative suite holders and challenge them to some ’82 Canucks trivia. Clearly still passionate about his old team, he made it evident that he was proud to be a Canucks Alumni member. Rota also made an appearance on the jumbo-tron during an interview in the second intermission with Canucks reporter Kristen Reid.
Drafted 13th overall by Chicago in 1973, Rota spent 11 years in the NHL before retiring because of a neck injury in 1984 after 4 years with the Canucks. His record for team goals and points (41, 86) by a left winger set in 1983 wasn’t broken until Markus Naslund’s stint with the Canucks. Since retiring Rota has worked for the Vancouver Canucks Office, the NHL, as an announcer alongside Jim Robson and currently for the Burnaby Express BCHL Team where he serves as President.Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate