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Chris Gratton
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Born July 5, 1975 (1975-07-05) (age 43)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1993
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1993–2009

Chris Gratton (born Christopher A. Gratton) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He is the cousin of Josh Gratton who had also briefly played in the NHL as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing CareerEdit

Chris played his minor hockey in his hometown of Brantford, playing for such programs as the Brantford Nodrofsky Steelers (which is same program that Wayne Gretzky played in many years earlier) and the Brantford CKPC Knights.

He played one season with the Jr B Brantford Classics when he was 15 years old.

In 1991, Chris was selected third overall in the OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs.

After his rookie year in the OHL, he received the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year.

In 1993, he was selected third overall in the 1993 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On October 6, 1993, Chris made his NHL debut for the Lightning in a game against the New Jersey Devils.

The next night, he recorded his first career point (a powerplay assist on a Bob Beers goal) in his second game against the New York Rangers.

On October 20, 1993, Chris scored his first career goal against Robb Stauber of the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 Lightning loss.

On August 14, 1997, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers, earning a $9 million signing bonus.

In 1997–98, Chris matched his career high of 62 points and recorded a career-best plus/minus rating of +11.

On December 12, 1998, he was traded back to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the Flyers along with Mike Sillinger in exchange for Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow.

Chris served as the captain for Tampa Bay during the 1999-00 NHL season until he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on March 9, 2000 with Tampa Bay's second round choice (Derek Roy) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger & Buffalo's third-round choice (Alexander Kharitonov) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

On March 10, 2003, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes by the Sabres along with the Sabres' fourth-round choice (which was later traded to the Edmonton Oilers who selected Liam Reddox) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Daniel Briere and Phoenix's third-round choice (Andrej Sekera in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

On March 9, 2004, Chris was traded to the Colorado Avalanche along with Ossi Vaananen & Phoenix's second-round choice (Paul Stastny) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Derek Morris & Keith Ballard.

After the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers. In March of 2006, Chris signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers.

On June 13, 2007, Chris was traded back to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Tampa Bay's second-round choice (Jacob Markstrom) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

During the 2007–08 season, he scored 21 points in 60 games before tearing the Acetabular labrum in his left hip which required season-ending surgery

Chris re-signed with the Lightning for the 2008–09 season, but he was waived in December and assigned to Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

On February 21, 2009, he was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets where he played with them for six games (recording an assist) before retiring in 2009.

These days, Chris is the co-owner of the Florida Jr. Blades Organization (in the 29-team Empire Junior Hockey League).

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 27 39 66 37
1992–93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 58 55 54 109 125 16 11 18 29 42
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 84 13 29 42 123
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 7 20 27 89
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 17 21 38 105 6 0 2 2 27
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 30 32 62 201
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 22 40 62 159 5 2 0 2 10
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 1 7 8 41
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 7 19 26 102
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 14 27 41 121
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 7 8 15 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 19 21 40 102 13 6 4 10 14
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 15 24 39 75
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 15 29 44 86
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 1 1 21
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 11 18 29 93
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 2 1 3 18 11 0 0 0 27
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 76 17 22 39 104
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 81 13 22 35 94
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 10 11 21 77
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 0 2 2 10
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 3 12 15 8
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 1,092 214 354 568 1,638 40 8 7 15 82
OHL totals 120 82 93 175 162 16 11 18 29 42
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