Jean Ratelle - 1967 Topps

Joseph Gilbert Yvon “Jean” Ratelle (October 3, 1940-) centered the New York Rangers famed G-A-G line – Goal A Game – between left wing Vic Hadfield and right wing Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert in the 1960s and 1970s. Ratelle was a star sniper of the Guelph Biltmores/Royals of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League before being called up to the Rangers for good in 1964. Though injuries slowed the playmaking center briefly, from 1967-1970, he had three consecutive years with 32 goals, streak that began a string of 13 straight seasons with 25 goals or more including two with 40 or more. Jean was presented with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 1971 honoring the NHL player who best displays qualities of perseverance and sportsmanship. Ratelle consistently scored 70 or more points in the heart of his career and in 1971-72 set a Rangers single season points record (109) that stood until 2005 when Jaromir Jagr topped his mark. Jean Ratelle also spent minimal time in the penalty box and earned the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1972 and 1976, as he played 143 games spending only 22 minutes in the box. In 1972, he also was named the Ted Lindsay Award winner as the league’s most outstanding player as chosen by the NHLPA. He was a master stickhandling, with amazing vision and passing skills, but was most effective in the faceoff circles. Ratelle was involved in arguably the most significant trades of the 1970s when he was shipped to the Boston Bruins with Brad Park for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnals. He flourished in the Bruins system teamed with Rick Middleton and Stan Jonathan working hard in the corners and facing the opposition’s top lines. Despite never winning the coveted Stanley Cup, he helped Boston reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1977 and 1978, falling to the Montreal Canadiens in both series. He played 21 years in the NHL with the Rangers (1960-1975) and the Bruins (1975-1981). Jean Ratelle finished his career with 491 goals and 776 assists in 1,281 games. In playoff contention, he scored 32 goals and 66 assists in 123 games. Jean Ratelle was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.



Condition Census (Explain)

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1 GEM MT 10
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1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (22)

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