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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.
Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday