Jean Ratelle

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Jean Ratelle
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1985
Jean Ratelle 1972.JPG
Ratelle in 1972
Born (1940-10-03) October 3, 1940 (age 77)
Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
National team  Canada
Playing career 1960–1981

Joseph Gilbert Yvon Jean Ratelle (born October 3, 1940) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In twenty-one seasons he averaged almost a point a game and won the Lady Byng Trophy twice in recognition of his great sportsmanship. In 2017 he was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players" in history.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ratelle's hockey career almost ended at age 23 when he suffered a serious back injury and had to undergo major spinal cord surgery. He recovered to become a regular with the Rangers from 1963 to 1975. His greatest success came with linemates Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert in the "GAG Line" (i.e. Goal-a-Game Line). He led the Rangers in scoring between 1968 and 1973 when the team was a powerhouse among the league's best.

Ratelle was poised to beat out Boston Bruins' legend Phil Esposito for the scoring title in 1972 when he had to sit out fifteen games due to an injury, but came back for the Stanley Cup finals against Boston to lead his team. Only three other players - Esposito, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk - had scored as many points in any season as Ratelle had done in his shortened season. His 109 points that season remained a Rangers' scoring record until 2006, when Jaromír Jágr broke it.

In November 1975, Ratelle was traded with Brad Park and Joe Zanussi to the Boston Bruins for Esposito and Carol Vadnais. Ratelle scored over 100 points that season for the second time in his career. He played five more seasons with Boston, gaining admiration for his slick passing, skill at faceoffs and all-around excellent play. He retired as a player after the 1980-81 season and served the Bruins for several more years as an assistant coach.

Ratelle's rookie trading card

At the time of his retirement, Ratelle was the league's sixth all-time leading scorer. While he never played on a team that won the Stanley Cup, he was a member of the 1972 Team Canada squad that defeated the Soviet Union in the first Summit Series. He was well known as a gentlemanly player, finishing in the top five for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and excellence nine times, including a stretch between the 1970 and 1978 seasons where he was in the top-three six times and won the trophy twice.

In 1985, Jean Ratelle was inducted[2] into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was ranked number 7 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons). On August 28, 2017, the Rangers announced that they would retire Ratelle's number 19 jersey on February 25, 2018;[3] this was done in a pre-game ceremony.[4][5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters OHA-Jr. 54 20 31 51 11 10 5 4 9 2
1959–60 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters OHA-Jr. 48 39 47 86 15 5 3 5 8 4
1959–60 Trois-Rivières Lions EPHL 3 3 5 8 0
1960–61 Guelph Royals OHA-Jr. 47 40 61 101 10 14 6 11 17 6
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 3 2 1 3 0
1961–62 New York Rangers NHL 31 4 8 12 4
1961–62 Kitchener Beavers EPHL 32 10 29 39 8 7 2 6 8 2
1962–63 New York Rangers NHL 47 11 9 20 8
1962–63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 20 11 8 19 0 3 0 0 0 0
1963–64 New York Rangers NHL 15 0 7 7 6
1963–64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 57 20 26 46 2
1964–65 New York Rangers NHL 54 14 21 35 14
1964–65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 8 9 4 13 6
1965–66 New York Rangers NHL 67 21 30 51 10
1966–67 New York Rangers NHL 41 6 5 11 4 4 0 0 0 2
1967–68 New York Rangers NHL 74 32 46 78 18 6 0 4 4 2
1968–69 New York Rangers NHL 75 32 46 78 26 4 1 0 1 0
1969–70 New York Rangers NHL 75 32 42 74 28 6 1 3 4 0
1970–71 New York Rangers NHL 78 26 46 72 14 13 2 9 11 8
1971–72 New York Rangers NHL 63 46 63 109 4 6 0 1 1 0
1972–73 New York Rangers NHL 78 41 53 94 12 10 2 7 9 0
1973–74 New York Rangers NHL 68 28 39 67 16 13 2 4 6 0
1974–75 New York Rangers NHL 79 36 55 91 26 3 1 5 6 5
1975–76 New York Rangers NHL 13 5 10 15 2
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 67 31 59 90 16 12 8 8 16 4
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 78 33 61 94 22 14 5 12 17 4
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 80 25 59 84 10 15 3 7 10 0
1978–79 Boston Bruins NHL 80 27 45 72 12 11 7 6 13 2
1979–80 Boston Bruins NHL 67 28 45 73 8 3 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 47 11 26 37 16 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1,280 491 776 1,267 276 123 32 66 98 24

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1972 Canada SS 6 1 3 4 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Greatest NHL Players". NHL.com. January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Page C1: 11 named to Hockey Hall in ceremonies at Toronto". The Montreal Gazette. September 13, 1985. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jean Ratelle's Number 19 to Be Retired on February 25, 2018". NHL.com. August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle's No. 19". NY Daily News. February 25, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 
  5. ^ Tasch, Justin (February 25, 2018). "Jean Ratelle's No. 19 finally retired by Rangers, Vic Hadfield's No. 11 to be retired next season". NY Daily News. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 

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Preceded by
Pit Martin
Winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy
1971
Succeeded by
Bobby Clarke
Preceded by
John Bucyk
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1972
Succeeded by
Gilbert Perreault
Preceded by
Marcel Dionne
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1976
Succeeded by
Marcel Dionne