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Matt Ravlich
Matt Ravlich
Defenseman
Number: 18
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 12, 1938
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Claimed by Detroit from Chicago in intra-league draft on June 11, 1969.
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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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