Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Ratushny
Dan Ratushny was drafted 25th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. Ratushny had completed his first year of university at Cornell when the Jets selected him with their second pick. Dan returned to Cornell for two more years, earning All-Ivy consideration in both seasons. In fact, the Ratushny family was doubly proud as sister Kim also earned similar honors in women' s hockey. The Ratushnys did particularly well in 1990 as Kim played on the gold medal women's team and Dan won gold at the World Junior Championship.

Two years later Dan went to the 1992 Winter Olympics as member of the Canadian National Team. The Canadians settled for the silver medal following a 3-1 loss to the Unified Team. Ratushny played for Fort Wayne for most of the 1992-93 season. At the trading deadline the Jets sent to the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver coach Pat Quinn brought the defenseman straight to the NHL for the remainder of the schedule. Ratushny said of his chance, " Mr. Quinn just asked me to work hard and we'll see what happens. You've got to come up big when you get your chance. I'm really excited".

Fortunately for Ratushny, he signed a two-year contract, one-way contract for $275,000US upon being traded. Dan played his first and only NHL game on April 15, 1993. In the second period he drew a holding penalty and in the third he assisted on Geoff Courtnall's 31st goal of the season. The Canucks, who had already clinched the Smythe Division, won the meaningless contest 8-6.

Dan Ratushny finished out his contract with the Canucks farm team in Hamilton. He played for a number of teams in the next few years in both the IHL and AHL before going abroad. In 1999 he played in the Japanese league with Seibu Tokyo. For 2000-01 Ratushny moved half way around the world to play for HPK Hameenlinna in Finland. During the season he took time to play for Canada at the Spengler Cup, where the team finished in second place to HC Davos.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 54 8 20 28 116
1988-89 Cornell Big Red ECAC 28 2 13 15 50
1988-89 Canada Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Cornell Big Red ECAC 26 5 14 19 54
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 2 2 4 4
1990-91 Cornell Big Red ECAC 26 7 24 31 52
1990-91 Canada Nat-Tm 12 0 1 1 6
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 58 5 13 18 50
1991-92 Canada Olympics 8 0 0 0 4
1991-92 EHC Olten Swiss 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 63 6 19 25 48
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 1 1 2 0
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 62 8 31 39 22 4 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 72 3 25 28 46 4 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Peoria Rivermen IHL 45 7 15 22 45 12 3 4 7 10
1995-96 Carolina Panthers AHL 23 5 10 15 28
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 50 14 23 37 34
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 20 3 9 12 22 +1
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 39 8 5 13 10 +12 9 0 3 3 8
1998-99 Kansas City Blades IHL 70 9 32 41 38 -3 3 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Seibu-Tetsudo Tokyo Japan 27 2 11 13 9 2 3 5 8
2000-01 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 42 4 6 10 62
NHL Totals 1 0 1 1 2


ECAC First All-Star Team (1990, 1991) Traded to Vancouver by Winnipeg for Vancouver's 9th round pick (Harijs Vitolinsh) in 1993 NHL Draft, March 22, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Ayr (Britain), August 23, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Dundee (Britain-2) after Ayr (Britain) folded (November 8, 2002), December 13, 2002.
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