Ratelle Was As Classy As They Come

Jean Ratelle was the graceful center of the New York Rangers tremendous Goal-A-Game line with line mates Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield. The whole line made Team Canada 1972, although Hadfield left the team early. Dennis Hull filled Hadfield's left wing spot nicely. The trio formed a potent combination. Together the line had 12 points. Ratelle, who had 1 goal and 4 points in 6 games, was particularly active in the final game, picking up 2 important assists.

Ratelle, ever the classy gentleman, says the highlight for him was just being privileged enough to appear in 6 out of 8 games given that Team Canada had such a deep and talented roster. Ratelle was one of 15 Hall of Famers on this deep and talented squad

Ratelle is also quick to note the excellent play of Gary Bergman, Alexander Yakushev, and like everyone else who played in the tournament, Vladislav Tretiak and Phil Esposito.


1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #18 - Jean Ratelle - Center

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Born: 10/3/1940 Lac Ste. Jean, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: New York Rangers

Summit Series Statistics

6 1 3 4 0 4 12 -2

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - One of the classiest and most graceful centers to ever play the game, Ratelle formed an effective unit with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield - the Goal-A-Game Line. Ratelle spent most of his years with the New York Rangers but finished his career strongly with the Boston Bruins after being traded for Phil Esposito.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 1281 491 776 1267 276
NHL Playoffs  123 32 66 98 24


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Read Jean Ratelle's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

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Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
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