On Feb. 25, a Rangers legend returned home to Madison Square Garden when Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle had his No. 19 raised to the rafters.
Ratelle played parts of 16 season on Broadway, during which he centered the most famous trio in franchise history, the Goal-A-Game line with Rod Gilbert and Vid Hadfield. When his time in New York ended with the 1975-76 season, Ratelle left his stamp on the franchise, ranking second in goals, assists and points in addition to a Bill Masterton Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy, a Ted Lindsay Award and four All-Star games.
Ratelle is the ninth player in franchise history to be immortalized with his number being retired, joining former teammates Gilbert, Eddie Giacomin, Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate, as well as recent Blueshirts Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Adam Graves.