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Gilles Gratton

Gilles Gratton  #33

Goalie
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: July 28, 1952
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Lasalle, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 160 DRAFTED: BUF / 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 5th   (69th overall)
Brother of Norm OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1972) Selected by Edmonton (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Ottawa (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for cash, September, 1972. Transferred to Toronto (WHA) after Ottawa (WHA) franchise relocated, May, 1973. Rights traded to St. Louis by Buffalo for cash, July 3, 1975. Placed on "voluntary retired" list after walking out on the team following game vs. NY Islanders, November 28, 1975. St. Louis refused to place Gratton on waivers, blocking his attempt to sign with Toronto (WHA). Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers after securing release from St. Louis, March 24, 1976.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres