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Chris Gratton

Chris Gratton  #77

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NUMBER: 77 BIRTHDATE: July 5, 1975
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Brantford, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 226 DRAFTED: TBL / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (3rd overall)
OHL All-Rookie Team (1992) OHL Rookie of the Year (1992) Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 14, 1997. Traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia with Mike Sillinger for Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow, December 12, 1998. Traded to Buffalo by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (Derek Roy) in 2001 Entry Draft for Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Alexander Kharitonov) in 2000 Entry Draft, March 9, 2000. Traded to Phoenix by Buffalo with Buffalo's 4th round choice (later traded to Edmonton Edmonton selected Liam Reddox) in 2004 Entry Draft for Daniel Briere and Phoenix's 3rd round choice (Andrej Sekera) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 10, 2003. Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Ossi Vaananen and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 12, 2005. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida for Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (Jacob Markstrom) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 13, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Tampa Bay, February 21, 2009.
Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3