Chris Gratton
Chris Gratton 2007
Position Centre
Shot Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
230 lb (105 kg)
Teams Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Born July 5 1975 (1975-07-05) (age 44),
Brantford, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1993
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pro Career 1993 – 2009

Christopher A. Gratton (born July 5, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who last played with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He the cousin of Josh Gratton, who had also briefly played in the NHL as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Atlanta Thrashers.

Playing careerEdit

Gratton played his minor hockey in his hometown of Brantford, playing for such programs as the Brantford Nodrofsky Steelers (same program Wayne Gretzky played in many years earlier) and the Brantford CKPC Knights. As a 15-year-old, he played one season with the Jr B Brantford Classics.

In 1991, Gratton was selected third overall in the OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs. After his rookie year in the OHL, Gratton received the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year. In 1993, he was selected third overall in the NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 1997 Gratton signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent after four seasons with the Lightning, earning a $9 million signing bonus. In 1997–98, Gratton matched his career high of 62 points and recorded a career-best plus/minus rating of +11. Gratton was traded back to Tampa Bay the next season.

Gratton served as Tampa Bay's captain during the 1999–2000 NHL season until his trade in March, 2000, when Tampa Bay traded Gratton to the Buffalo Sabres. In March, 2003, Buffalo traded Gratton to the Phoenix Coyotes. One year later on March 9, 2004, Phoenix traded Gratton, along with Ossi Vaananen and a second round draft pick (Paul Stastny) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft to the Colorado Avalanche for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard.[1]

After the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gratton signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers. Gratton signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers in March, 2006.[2] He was traded back to the Lightning again on June 13, 2007, in exchange for a second round draft pick (Florida selected Jacob Markström with the draft pick).[3]

During the 2007–08 season, Gratton scored 21 points in 60 games before tearing the Acetabular labrum in his left hip which required season-ending surgery.[4] Chris re-signed with the Lightning for the 2008–09 season but was waived in December and was assigned to Tampa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.[5]

Gratton was claimed off of re-entry waivers on February 21, 2009, by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[6] He played in six games for Columbus, recording an assist, before retiring in 2009.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Avalanche acquire Salo, Gratton", CBC, 2004-03-09. Retrieved on 2009-03-25. 
  2. "Panthers lock up Chris Gratton",, 2006-03-09. Retrieved on 2008-03-02. 
  3. "Chris Gratton traded back to Lightning",, 2007-06-13. Retrieved on 2008-03-02. 
  4. Lightning's Chris Gratton to undergo hip surgery. (2008-02-28). Retrieved on 2009-06-07.
  5. Lightning assign NHL veteran Chris Gratton to Admirals. (2008-12-09). Retrieved on 2009-06-07.
  6. Lightning cast off Chris Gratton in waiver-wire move. (2009-02-21). Retrieved on 2009-06-07.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Bill Houlder
Tampa Bay Lightning captains
Succeeded by
Vincent Lecavalier
Preceded by
Roman Hamrlík
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jason Wiemer
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