Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Ravlich
Matt Ravlich took the long, long road to the pro ranks, starting with the Galt Blackhawks of the OHA in 1955. Over the seven seasons that followed, he rode trains and buses on behalf of the St. Catharines Teepees, the Trois Rivieres Lions, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and the Providence Reds.

Ravlich fell in with the Reds when the Boston Bruins claimed his rights from the Blackhawks during an Intra-League Draft in 1961. Two years later, he finally saw NHL ice on the Bruins' blueline. The dream lasted only two games, however, before heading back to the AHL where he toiled until the Blackhawks reclaimed his rights and gave him a full-time job in 1964-65.

In Chicago, Ravlich joined a star-studded lineup that featured Stan Mikita, the Hull brothers (Bobby and Dennis), Pierre Pilote, Ken Wharram, and Glenn Hall. It was apparent the Ravlich's job was to concentrate on keeping biscuits out of his own basket.

In 1967, Ravlich broke his leg in a contest against the Red Wings. The injury never completely healed. As such, he missed the regular season but returned for the playoffs in time to catch a puck above his eye and twelve free stitches. By 1969, the Red Wings picked Ravlich off in an Intra-League Draft. He stayed around for 46 games before joining the L.A. Kings for a season and a half.

Once on waivers, he came full circle landing back with the Boston Bruins again where he played in 30 games between trips to the minors with the Boston Braves. Ravlich retired from hockey in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1954-55 Woodstock Warriors OHA-B
1954-55 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 3 1 1 2 0
1955-56 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 48 2 15 17 188 6 0 0 0 11
1956-57 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 52 7 27 34 137 14 9 12 21 4
1957-58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 49 38 35 73 105 8 3 7 10 15
1958-59 Trois-Rivieres Ducs QJHL 61 14 31 45 58 8 2 3 5 7
1959-60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 70 18 37 55 94
1960-61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 55 5 25 30 104 12 0 2 2 0
1961-62 Providence Reds AHL 69 10 29 39 112 3 0 2 2 0
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 2 1 0 1 0
1962-63 Providence Reds AHL 70 7 38 45 97 6 0 2 2 8
1963-64 Providence Reds AHL 69 8 31 39 79 3 2 2 4 2
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 8 1 5 6 12
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 3 16 19 80 14 1 4 5 14
1965-66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 0 16 16 78 6 0 1 1 2
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 0 3 3 39
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 15 1 8 9 55 5 0 1 1 2
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 2 12 14 57 +20
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 9 0 4 4 16 8 0 3 3 6
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 0 6 6 33 +7
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 3 7 10 34 -8
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 66 3 16 19 41 -14
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 8 0 2 2 2
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 25 0 1 1 2 +4
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 20 1 6 7 14 8 1 3 4 14
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 1 1 0 -5
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 67 5 15 20 71 9 2 4 6 21
1973-74 Boston Braves AHL 50 4 20 24 21
NHL Totals 410 12 78 90 364 24 1 5 6 16


Claimed by Boston from Chicago (Sault Ste. Marie-EPHL ) in Inter-League Draft, June 12, 1961. Traded to Chicago by Boston with Jerry Toppazzini for Murray Balfour and Mike Draper, June 9, 1964.
Missed remainder of 1966-67 season and majority of 1967-68 due to leg injury vs. Detroit, March 28, 1967. Claimed by Detroit from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Gary Monahan and Brian Gibbons for Dale Rolfe, Gary Croteau and Larry Johnston, February 20, 1970. Claimed on waivers by Boston from Los Angeles, November 3, 1971.
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