The Rangers have announced that they will retire #19 in honor of Jean Ratelle prior to their game against Detroit on Sunday 2/25/18.
Rangers President, and Ratelle's former teammate, Glen Sather said "Jean Ratelle is truly one of the greatest players to have ever played for the New York Rangers. Few players have demonstrated the class, dignity, and gracefulness that Jean possessed throughout his career, both on and off the ice. I had the good fortune to call Jean a teammate with the Rangers, I am proud to still call Jean a friend, and I am honored to announce that he will take his rightful place in the rafters of Madison Square Garden."
From the Rangers announcement, Ratelle:
- Played parts of 16 seasons with the Rangers (1960-61 - 1975-76), registering 336 goals and 481 assists for 817 points, along with a plus-167 rating in 861 games.
- Ranks second on the Rangers' all-time goals list, ranks third on the franchise's all-time assists list and all-time points list, and ranks sixth in career games played with the Blueshirts.
- He and Rod Gilbert are the only players who rank third or higher on the Rangers' all-time lists for goals, assists, and points.
- Is one of only five players in franchise history who played in parts of 16 or more seasons with the Rangers (along with Gilbert, Harry Howell, Brian Leetch, and Ron Greschner).
- 1971-72 & 1972-73 Team MVP
- Players' Player Award Winner in 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75
- Registered 30 or more goals in more seasons than any other player in franchise history (six).
- Recorded the final goal at the 'Old Garden' (MSG III) in a 3-3 tie against Detroit on February 11, 1968, and he took the first faceoff for the Rangers at the current MSG (MSG IV) on February 18, 1968 against Philadelphia.
- Received the Lester B. Pearson Award (since renamed the Ted Lindsay Award) as the NHL's Most Outstanding Player as selected by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) in 1971-72.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985
- The only player in NHL history who tallied at least 1,200 career points while amassing fewer than 300 career penalty minutes.
- Received the Lady Byng Trophy ("adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability") twice in his NHL career (1971-72 and 1975-76)
- Received the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey," in 1970-71.
It was reported last February that the Rangers would retire Ratelle's #19 this coming season.