Rangers to retire Jean Ratelle’s #19

August 29, 2017, by

An honor that is long overdue, the Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s #19 this season. Ratelle was a key cog in the famous GAG line with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, putting up a line of 336-481-817 in 862 career games with the Blueshirts.

Ratelle ranks third in points, sixth in games played, second in goals, and third in assists for the Rangers. The ceremony will be on February 25th. It’s about time.

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  1. Rich S says:

    Its about time! Super talented player who performed at a high level every game.
    Part of one of the worst trades in rangers history. Put up points in an era when scoring when scoring even 20 goals was a major accomplishment! Top rangers center of all time!

  2. Leatherneck says:

    About time, well deserved

  3. Walt says:

    Finally, this is so overdue. Jean is, was, and always will be a class act, and I for one am elated for the man..

  4. Al Dugan says:

    Back in the ’71-72 season, there was no television for home games (outside a little pocket in NYC). So, you listened to Marv on the radio. I listened to most every game, and the extent of Ratelle’s injury on March 1st with 15 games left in the season wasn’t know until well after the game was over. I can still remember my father waking me up before he went to work to tell me Ratelle had broken his foot. We were going to win the Cup! No doubt!

    Check that season out. 46 goals in 63,games! And he’s a shadow of himself in the finals against the Bruins. No goals. We go out in 6 in one of the most disheartening series in our history. What a great man.

    I went to about 2 games a year back then. And Ratelle scored 4 one of the night’s I went against the California Golden Seals!

  5. JERRY MALEY says:

    As much as I am a Jean Ratelle fan, Rod Gilbert belongs in the top 100 along with him..

  6. SalMerc says:

    He was a great player, and a swift skater, but he too avoided contact at all time. Knew his job was to score goals and left the rough stuff to other players on the team. Got his shot off quickly and seemed to skate effortlessly through the zones. Was a French-Canadian who did not like the spotlight in NYC, but often had post-game conversations with Red-Light Messina that seemed to be in 2 different languages.

    Well-deserved recognition.

  7. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    This has been a long awaited honor that should have happened 30 years ago. It’s just a shame that he won’t get to enjoy it for most of his his retirement years the way Giacomin and Gilbert have. I can’t think of an athlete on any other pro sports team that had such a stellar HOF career and yet was dissed in this way as long as he was. Shameful.

    But I’d like to think that I, along with hundreds of others, played a very small part in changing this by relentlessly writing letters to various Rangers GMs and members of the press for years now to right this wrong.

    It was the best day of the hockey season for me last year when it was announced he would get his due. And February 25th will surely be the best day of this hockey season for me. I can’t wait!

  8. Peter says:

    It is wonderful to see Ratelle finally getting the recognition he so richly deserves. Only us geezers saw him play, but I assure the younger folks among us that his numbers should grace the rafters.

  9. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    Thumbs down on these posts? Seriously? Dave, I think it’s time to reveal the names of the haters. Who in the world would give a thumbs down to all the people supporting Ratelle’s number retirement?

    • JoeS. says:

      Who indeed, Eddie, who indeed?!!!

      I imagine, there are a lot of people that just gives thumbs down on every website they go on, so we talk about them. We should stop!

    • John B says:

      I’ll be 100% honest. I accidently hit a thumbs down on someones post while scrolling. Wasn’t my intention, but was on my phone scrolling vice a computer.

    • Walt says:


      Let the idiots have fun. They are showing their collective IQ, which is zero.

  10. Rjcy says:

    Skill. Class. Timeless. Translates in any era. (and not soft on the puck; just didn’t play a physical game). Vive Le Ratelle.

  11. BOBBY B says:

    Well its about time, long over due. I wish we could clone him and some how miraculously be on this current roster, he would no doubt be the # 1 center. Looking back, and I am a huge Phil Esposito fan, the trade that sent Ratelle & Park to the Bruins for Espo & Vadnais, was a win for the Bruins..

  12. Richter1994 says:

    Not retiring Ratelle’s # is about as dumb as not giving out a tee shirt during the start of the playoffs. (Maybe I’m the dumb one for continuing to buy those tickets.)

  13. sherrane says:

    It is about time. I got a Rangers sweater with no number on it when I was a kid. It just had the RANGERS on the front. I bought some red and white iron-on tape from the store and had my mom iron 19 on the back of the sweater.

  14. flatbush says:

    Dave, love the picture! Old Time Hockey. Good for Jean Ratelle!