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Jean Ratelle (HHOF ’85) worked his way up through the New York Rangers organization, eventually earning a regular spot on the team in 1964. By 1968, he had scored the first of his 30-goal seasons. In 1972, he scored 46 goals for 109 points and earned both the Lady Byng trophy and the Lester B. Pearson trophy. Playing on the G-A-G line (Goal-A-Game) with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, Ratelle and his line mates all made the top five in scoring, although a broken ankle prevented Ratelle from winning the scoring title. He was instrumental in Canada’s 1972 Summit Series win. In 1975, he and Brad Park moved to the Boston Bruins for Phil Esposito. In Boston, he topped the 70-point mark five times and in 1976 he won the Lady Byng again. He retired in 1975 with 491 goals and 1267 points, good enough for sixth at the time.

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