Hello kids. CCCP here. Meant to post this yesterday but again, forgot. Here is a little something something from “On this day in New York Rangers history”. Enjoy.
March 11th 1986, native New Yorker Nick Fotiu (Staten Island) was traded to the Calgary Flames for future considerations.
Fotiu was loved by Rangers fans for his fighting style, which he picked up as a golden gloves boxer, and that he was the first New York City player to suit up for the Rangers. 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 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 as the enforcer. Fotiu played with the Rangers until 1979, when he was claimed by the Hartford Whalers in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft.
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 hockey.