Athletics Hall of Fame
Joel Otto

Joel Otto

SPORT(S) Ice Hockey
Joel Otto attended BSU from 1980 - 1984.  While at BSU, Joel was a four year letter winner on the men's hockey team, becoming one of the best and most successful professional hockey players to come from BSU.  While a student, Joel played in 122 games, had 80 goals and 115 assists for a total of 204 career points.  He is one of only three BSU skaters to post more than 200 total points and holds the second highest BSU single season record with 75 points.  Joel earned first team all conference honors in 1982, 1983 and 1984 and was named All American the same years.  In his final season with the Beavers, Joel was team captain, named NCHA Player of the Year and was the recipient of the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award for Division II, a national award given to a college hockey player who best exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice, contributes to the integrity of his team and displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game.  Joel's leadership and skills helped to lead his team in 1984 to a perfect 31-0-0 season and a National Championship.  Joel was selected as one of the top 50 hockey players at BSU in 2006 and was the first of two BSU skaters to have their jersey number retired.  Joel left BSU after the 1984 season to join the Calgary Flames and began a fourteen year professional hockey career, playing eleven years with the Flames and three with the Philadelphia Flyers.  He played in three Stanley cup finals, winning the championship in 1989.  Joel also represented the United States six times in international play, twice in the World Hockey Championships, twice in the Canada Cup, once in the World Cup and as a member of the US team in the 1998 Olympics.  Following his professional career, Joel served two years as the assistant coach at the University of Calgary and for the past four seasons has served as assistant coach for the Calgary Hitman of the Western Hockey League in the Canadian Major Juniors.  Joel and his wife, Kary, have two children and make their home in Calgary, Alberta.