Rangers to retire Ratelle's jersey
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[August 29, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
The New York Rangers will honor the legendary Jean Ratelle by
retiring his No. 19 jersey in an on-ice ceremony prior to the team's
game against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 25.
A five-time NHL All-Star and Hockey Hall of Fame member, Ratelle
will be the ninth Ranger to have his number retired. He will join
Rod Gilbert (7), Ed Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), Mark Messier
(11), Brian Leetch (2), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9) and Harry
Howell (3) with that honor.
Ratelle played in parts of 16 seasons with New York from 1960-1976,
recording 336 goals, 481 assists and a plus-167 rating in 861 career
contests. His goal total is second-best in franchise history, his
number of assists and points (817) are third and his games played
total (861) ranks sixth.
"Jean Ratelle is truly one of the greatest players to have ever
played for the New York Rangers," Rangers president Glen Sather
said. "Few players have demonstrated the class, dignity, and
gracefulness that Jean possessed throughout his career, both on and
off the ice.
"I had the good fortune to call Jean a teammate with the Rangers, I
am proud to still call Jean a friend, and I am honored to announce
that he will take his rightful place in the rafters of Madison
The center on the Rangers' famed Goal-A-Game Line, Ratelle joined
left wing Vic Hadfield and right wing Rod Gilbert in ranking third,
fourth and fifth, respectively, in the league in points during the
1971-72 regular season.
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Ratelle collected 109 points (46 goals, 63 assists)
and posted a plus-61 rating in 63 games during that season, becoming
the first member of the Rangers to reach triple digits in points in
He received the Lester B. Pearson Award (since renamed the Ted
Lindsay Award) as the NHL's Most Outstanding Player, which was
selected by the National Hockey League Players' Association in
Ratelle also received the Lady Byng Trophy on two occasions
(1971-72, 1975-76) for being the player "adjudged to have exhibited
the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with
a high standard of playing ability."
He also received the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the
player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance,
sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey," in 1970-71.
Ratelle notched 491 goals, 776 assists and a plus-295 rating in
1,280 career games with the Rangers and Boston Bruins.
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