Peter Ratchuk

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Peter Ratchuk
Born (1977-09-10) September 10, 1977 (age 37)
Buffalo, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Florida Panthers
Frankfurt Lions
Adler Mannheim
DEG Metro Stars
Hamburg Freezers
EC KAC
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1996
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1998–2011

Peter J. Ratchuk (born September 10, 1977 in Buffalo, New York) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers. Peter is the older brother of Mike Ratchuk, a defenseman who has played most of his career in American minor leagues.

Playing career[edit]

Ratchuk was drafted in the first round, 25th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He grew up playing for the Cazenovia Chiefs. After his freshman year with Bowling Green State University, Ratchuk moved to the QMJHL with Hull Olympiques before turning pro.

Ratchuk was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers prior to the 1998–99 season. He played 32 games with the Panthers over two seasons, 1998–99 and 2000–01. He scored one goal and one assist.

After that, he was picked up by his hometown team, the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2002 preseason, he was sent down to that team's farm club, the Rochester Americans, for the 2002–03 season, then left to play in Germany. This resulted in a rather amusing error in ESPN's hockey recaps—in Sabres game recaps, Ratchuk's name would often be used mistakenly to refer to Dmitri Kalinin, a then current Sabres defenceman. Both Ratchuk and Kalinin wore #45, and ESPN never dissociated Ratchuk from the Sabres in their database when he left the league, resulting in the error.[citation needed]

After playing three seasons in Germany's DEL, Ratchuk returned to North America in 2006–07 signing with the Minnesota Wild on June 6, 2006.[1] Ratchuk split the season between the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ratchuk then returned to the DEL with the DEG Metro Stars and after his second season with the Stars he was released on April 20, 2009.[2] On June 21, 2009 Peter signed with fellow DEL team Hamburg Freezers for the 2009–10.[3]

On April 29, 2010, after failing to make the playoffs with the Freezers, Ratchuk left for the Austrian Hockey League's Klagenfurt AC.[4] He played the majority of the 2010-11 season with Klagenfurt posting 19 points in 39 games before leaving for the Swiss National League A, to join Rapperswil-Jona Lakers on January 30, 2011, to end the year.[5]

Following the conclusion of the season, Ratchuk retired and was announced as a scout for the newly revived Winnipeg Jets association of the NHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 35 9 12 21 14
1997–98 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 60 23 31 54 34 11 3 6 9 8
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 53 7 20 27 44
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 24 1 1 2 10
1999–00 Louisville Panthers AHL 76 9 17 26 64 4 1 2 3 0
2000–01 Louisville Panthers AHL 64 5 13 18 85
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 8 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 16 23 39 55
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 70 11 21 32 64 3 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Frankfurt Lions DEL 52 21 22 43 80 15 1 5 6 16
2004–05 Frankfurt Lions DEL 51 10 26 36 102 11 2 3 5 14
2005–06 Adler Mannheim DEL 52 12 24 36 88
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 50 5 16 21 74
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 22 2 5 7 22 10 0 1 1 8
2007–08 DEG Metro Stars DEL 54 10 26 36 111 13 1 4 5 10
2008–09 DEG Metro Stars DEL 47 5 16 21 54 16 0 4 4 24
2009–10 Hamburg Freezers DEL 56 9 23 32 48
2010–11 EC KAC EBEL 39 6 13 19 24
2010–11 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 1 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 32 1 1 2 10
DEL totals 312 67 137 204 473 55 4 16 20 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild signs former first rounder Peter Ratchuk". wild.nhl.com. 2006-06-06. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  2. ^ "DEG: Holland kommt, Ratchuk geht" (in German). rp-online.de. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Hamburg Freezers sign Peter Ratchuk and Mathieu Biron" (in German). flensburg-online.de. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Peter Ratchuk signed to replace Jeff Tory" (in German). Klagenfurt AC. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Peter Ratchuk to the Lakers" (in German). Rapperswil-Jona Lakers. 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 

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Preceded by
Marc Denis
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Kevin Grimes