Spring 2012 Catalog Auction > Sports > Hockey
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Lot 731: 1972-72 Jean Ratelle MVP Award
Joseph Gilbert Yvon "Jean" Ratelle is a former Canadian ice hockey player and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. A product of the New York Rangers organization, Ratelle's hockey career almost ended when he suffered a serious back injury at age 23 and had to undergo major spinal cord surgery. He recovered to become a regular with the Rangers from 1963 until 1975 and was the perennial scoring leader for the Rangers between 1968 and 1973 when the team was a powerhouse.Ratelle was poised to beat out Boston Bruins' legend Phil Esposito for the scoring title in 1972 before he lost fifteen games due to an injury, but came back for the Stanley Cup finals against Boston to lead his team. Offered here is a silver cup awarded to Jean Ratelle as the Rangers MVP for the 1972-73 season. Awarded by members of the press and radio. Silver cup is tarnished, but would clean up nicely. Important award for one of the Ranger greats.
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