Tough left winger Nick Fotiu was born in Staten Island, New York on May 25, 1952. Unselected in the NHL Draft, Fotiu worked his way up to a tryout invitation to the New York Rangers training camp in 1976. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound former Golden Gloves boxer beat out future NHL referee Paul Stewart for a roster spot and went on to become one of the top fighters in the National League.
During his time with the Rangers, Fotiu had many battles with the Flyers over the years. He played for one of the Flyers most hated opponents but was respected by his rivals. After stays with the Rangers (two stints), Hartford Whalers and Calgary Flames, the old foe became a Flyer when the 35-year-old forward was signed a free agent on October 30, 1987.
Fotiu dressed in 23 games, recording 40 penalty minutes and a minus-nine rating for Mike Keenan's club.
Before retiring as a player and later beginning a coaching career, Fotiu dressed in one additional game for the Edmonton Oilers in 1988-89. For his NHL career, Fotiu played 646 regular season games (60 goals, 77 assists, 137 points, 1,362 penalty minutes) 38 playoff games (zero goals, four assists, four points, 67 penalty minutes).