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Born September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10) (age 32),
Buffalo, NY, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
DEL team
F. teams
Hamburg Freezers
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1996
Colorado Avalanche
Career 1998 – present

Peter Ratchuk (born September 10, 1977, in Buffalo, New York) is a professional ice hockey defenseman he playing with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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Playing career

Ratchuk was drafted in the first round, 25th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He grew up playing for the Cazenovia Chiefs. After his freshman year with Bowling Green State University, Ratchuk moved to the QMJHL with Hull Olympiques before turning pro.

Ratchuk was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers prior to the 1998–99 season. He played 32 games with the Panthers over two seasons, 1998–99 and 2000–01. He scored one goal and one assist.

After that, he was picked up by his hometown team, the Buffalo Sabres. During the 2002 preseason, he was sent down to that team's farm club, the Rochester Americans, for the 2002–03 season, then left to play in Germany. This resulted in a rather amusing error in ESPN's hockey recaps-- in Sabres game recaps, Ratchuk's name would often be used mistakenly to refer to Dmitri Kalinin, a then current Sabres defenceman. Both Ratchuk and Kalinin wore #45, and ESPN never dissociated Ratchuk from the Sabres in their database when he left the league, resulting in the error.

After playing three seasons in Germany's DEL, Ratchuk returned to North America in 2006–07 signing with the Minnesota Wild on June 6, 2006.[1] Ratchuk split the season between the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ratchuk then returned to the DEL with the DEG Metro Stars and on 20 April 2009 left the team,[2] he signed on 21 June 2009 for Hamburg Freezers.[3]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 35 9 12 21 14
1997–98 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 60 23 31 54 34 11 3 6 9 8
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 53 7 20 27 44
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 24 1 1 2 10
1999–00 Louisville Panthers AHL 76 9 17 26 64 4 1 2 3 0
2000–01 Louisville Panthers AHL 64 5 13 18 85
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 8 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 16 23 39 55
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 70 11 21 32 64 3 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Frankfurt Lions DEL 52 21 22 43 80 15 1 5 6 16
2004–05 Frankfurt Lions DEL 51 10 26 36 102 11 2 3 5 14
2005–06 Adler Mannheim DEL 52 12 24 36 88
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 50 5 16 21 74
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 22 2 5 7 22 10 0 1 1 8
2007–08 DEG Metro Stars DEL 54 10 26 36 111 13 1 4 5 10
2008–09 DEG Metro Stars DEL 47 5 16 21 54 16 0 4 4 24
NHL totals 32 1 1 2 10

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Preceded by
Marc Denis
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Kevin Grimes
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