Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ray Ferraro
Ray Ferraro enjoyed an 18-year career that saw him make stops with six different franchises. Ferraro began this journey with the Hartford Whalers in 1984. During his first full year with the Whale Ferraro posted 77 points in 76 games, which was good for second on the team. In all, Ferraro spent six and a half seasons in Hartford which included a personal-best 41-goals in 1988-89. 15 games into the 1990-91 campaign the Whalers traded Ferraro to the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Doug Crossman.

With his new team, Ferraro struggled to fit in and wasn't receiving the same kind of ice time he was accustomed to in Hartford with Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter logging the minutes on the first two lines. When Lafontaine and Sutter were both traded away during the following season, Ferraro eased into the second line role behind newly acquired Pierre Turgeon and he delivered with 40 goals and 80 points. Ferraro was unable to follow up on this success, however, when injuries limited him to just 46 games and 27 points in 1992-93. He proved his worth that spring, though, when he and the Islanders surprised many with a major upset. The Islanders knocked off the two-time defending Cup champions from Pittsburgh and advance to the Semi-Finals for the first time since 1984. The Islanders were eliminated by the eventual champs, the Montreal Canadiens, but not before Ferraro posted a team-best 20 points in 18 games.

Ferraro posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons for the Isles the next two years despite the lock-out shortened 1994-95 campaign. As unrestricted free-agent that summer, Ferraro explored his options and decided to sign with the New York Rangers, who were one year removed from their Cup win, in an attempt to add a championship to his resume.

Ferraro assumed the second line center duties behind Mark Messier and through 65 games he chipped in 54 points before he was packaged up and traded to the Los Angeles Kings. The trade shocked Ferraro, who had carefully selected the Rangers and was disappointed to be traded to a team that was just about to undertake a rebuilding process.

He only managed one healthy season with L.A. over the next three years and even then he wasn't able to approach the scoring numbers from earlier in his career. When his contract expired in 1999 it seemed like it might be the end of the line for the veteran center.

The expansion Atlanta Thrashers offered him a contract and along with fellow signing Nelson Emerson he was expected to provide veteran leadership and some scorng punch to the young team. Ferraro managed to stay healthy and play 81 games for Atlanta and his 44-points was good for second on the team, though well off his best years. The following season Ferraro staged a remarkable resurgence. Paired with Andrew Brunette and the shifty Donald Audette, Ferraro potted 29-goals, his most in nine years and set up his linemates 47 times, his best assist total since 1986. The line was among the league's best, though Audette was traded away late that season, and Brunette defected to Minnesota as a free agent in the summer. Ferraro was unable to follow up his incredible performance in 2001-02 without his linemates. The wily veteran scored just 8 goals and 27 points in 61 games for Atlanta before a late season trade sent him to St. Louis.

The deal to the Blues was completed in order to give Ferraro one last chance to win the Stanley Cup. With their number one center Doug Weight side-lined by a pelvis injury Ferraro was a key player down the stretch and he chipped in six goals and 10 points in 15 games, proving he still had it when paired with quality line mates. Ferraro was able to assist on three goals in the playoffs but the Blues were unable to bring Ferraro to the finals for a shot at the Cup during his final season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Penticton Knights BCJHL 48 65 70 135 90
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 50 41 49 90 39 14 14 10 24 13
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 1 2 3 4
1983-84 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 72 108 84 192 84 11 13 15 28 20
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 11 17 28 40 -1
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 37 20 13 33 29
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 30 47 77 57 +10 10 3 6 9 4
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 27 32 59 42 -9 6 1 1 2 8
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 68 21 29 50 81 +1 6 1 1 2 6
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 41 35 76 86 +1 4 2 0 2 4
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 9 1 5 6 8
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 25 29 54 109 -15 7 0 3 3 2
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 15 2 5 7 18 -1
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 61 19 16 35 52 -11
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 80 40 40 80 92 +25
1991-92 Canada WC-A 6 2 1 3 6
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 46 14 13 27 40 0 18 13 7 20 18
1992-93 Capital District Islanders AHL 1 0 2 2 2
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 82 21 32 53 83 +1 4 1 0 1 6
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 47 22 21 43 30 +1
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 65 25 29 54 82 +13
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 0 4 4 2
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 4 2 6 10 -13
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 25 21 46 112 -22
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40 6 9 15 42 -10 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 13 18 31 59 0
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 19 25 44 88 -33
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 29 47 76 91 -11
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 61 8 19 27 66 -32
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 6 4 10 8 +2 10 0 3 3 4
NHL Totals 1258 408 490 898 1288 68 21 22 43 54


WHL East First All-Star Team (1984)
WHL Player of the Year (1984) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1992)
Traded to NY Islanders by Hartford for Doug Crossman, November 13, 1990. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 9, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom, Nathan LaFayette and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla, March 14, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 9, 1999. Traded to St. Louis by Atlanta for Carolina's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Lane Manson) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 18, 2002.
Officially announced retirement, August 2, 2002.