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.
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1985|
Ratelle in 1972
October 3, 1940|
Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
New York Rangers|
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.
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 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; this was done in a pre-game ceremony.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||3||2||1||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1961–62||New York Rangers||NHL||31||4||8||12||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1962–63||New York Rangers||NHL||47||11||9||20||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1963–64||New York Rangers||NHL||15||0||7||7||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1964–65||New York Rangers||NHL||54||14||21||35||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "100 Greatest NHL Players". NHL.com. January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- "Page C1: 11 named to Hockey Hall in ceremonies at Toronto". The Montreal Gazette. September 13, 1985. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- "Jean Ratelle's Number 19 to Be Retired on February 25, 2018". NHL.com. August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
- "Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle's No. 19". NY Daily News. February 25, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- 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.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy
| Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
| Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy