Chris Gratton

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Chris Gratton
Chris Gratton 2007.jpg
Born (1975-07-05) July 5, 1975 (age 39)
Brantford, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1993
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1993–2009

Christopher A. Gratton (born July 5, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who last played with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He is the cousin of Josh Gratton, who had also briefly played in the NHL as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Junior Hockey[edit]

Gratton played his minor hockey in his hometown of Brantford, playing for such programs as the Brantford Nodrofsky Steelers (same program Wayne Gretzky played in many years earlier) and the Brantford CKPC Knights. As a 15-year-old, he played one season with the Jr B Brantford Classics.

In 1991, Gratton was selected third overall in the OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs. After his rookie year in the OHL, Gratton received the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year. In 1993, he was selected third overall in the NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

Gratton made his NHL debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 6, 1993 against the New Jersey Devils. He recorded his first career point (a powerplay assist on a Bob Beers goal) in his second game against the New York Rangers the next night. He scored his first career goal against Robb Stauber of the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 Lightning loss on October 20, 1993[1]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

In 1997 Gratton signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent after four seasons with the Lightning, earning a $9 million signing bonus. In 1997–98, Gratton matched his career high of 62 points and recorded a career-best plus/minus rating of +11. Gratton was traded back to Tampa Bay the next season.

Second Stint with Lightning[edit]

Gratton served as Tampa Bay's captain during the 1999–2000 NHL season until his trade in March, 2000, when Tampa Bay traded Gratton to the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo Sabers[edit]

Gratton would play for the Sabers from March 2000, till March, 2003, when the Buffalo Sabers traded Gratton to the Phoenix Coyotes. One year later on March 9, 2004, Phoenix traded Gratton, along with Ossi Vaananen and a second round draft pick (Paul Stastny) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft to the Colorado Avalanche for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard.[2]

Florida Panthers[edit]

After the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gratton signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers. Gratton signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers in March, 2006.[3] He was traded back to the Lightning again on June 13, 2007, in exchange for a second round draft pick (Florida selected Jacob Markström with the draft pick).[4]

Return to Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

During the 2007–08 season, Gratton scored 21 points in 60 games before tearing the Acetabular labrum in his left hip which required season-ending surgery.[5] Chris re-signed with the Lightning for the 2008–09 season but was waived in December and was assigned to Tampa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.[6]

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

Gratton was claimed off of re-entry waivers on February 21, 2009, by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[7] He played in six games for Columbus, recording an assist, before retiring in 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Gratton is co-owner of the Florida Jr. Blades Organization (in the 29-team Empire Junior Hockey League).

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 27 39 66 37
1992–93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 58 55 54 109 125 16 11 18 29 42
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 84 13 29 42 123
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 7 20 27 89
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 17 21 38 105 6 0 2 2 27
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 30 32 62 201
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 22 40 62 159 5 2 0 2 10
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 1 7 8 41
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 7 19 26 102
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 14 27 41 121
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 7 8 15 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 19 21 40 102 13 6 4 10 14
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 15 24 39 75
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 15 29 44 86
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 1 1 21
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 11 18 29 93
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 2 1 3 18 11 0 0 0 27
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 76 17 22 39 104
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 81 13 22 35 94
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 10 11 21 77
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 0 2 2 10
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 3 12 15 8
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 1,092 214 354 568 1,638 40 8 7 15 82
OHL totals 120 82 93 175 162 16 11 18 29 42

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199310200TBL.html
  2. ^ "Avalanche acquire Salo, Gratton". CBC. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Panthers lock up Chris Gratton". CBC.ca. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Chris Gratton traded back to Lightning". CBC.ca. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Lightning's Chris Gratton to undergo hip surgery". lightning.nhl.com. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Lightning assign NHL veteran Chris Gratton to Admirals". oursportscentral.com. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Lightning cast off Chris Gratton in waiver-wire move". sportingnews.com. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 

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Preceded by
Bill Houlder
Tampa Bay Lightning captain
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Vincent Lecavalier
Preceded by
Roman Hamrlík
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Jason Wiemer