Ray Ferraro

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Ray Ferraro
Born(1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 50)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forHartford Whalers
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Thrashers
St. Louis Blues
National team Canada
NHL Draft88th overall, 1982
Hartford Whalers
Playing career1984–2002
 
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Ray Ferraro
Born(1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 50)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forHartford Whalers
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Thrashers
St. Louis Blues
National team Canada
NHL Draft88th overall, 1982
Hartford Whalers
Playing career1984–2002

Raymond Vincent Ferraro (born August 23, 1964) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers (19841990), New York Islanders (1990–1995), New York Rangers (1995–1996), Los Angeles Kings (1996–1999), Atlanta Thrashers (19992002) and St. Louis Blues (2002). His nickname was the "Big Ball of Hate", coined by Rangers teammate Glenn Healy.[1] He is currently a broadcaster for Team 1040 Radio and TSN in Canada.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Ferraro was a prolific scorer in junior hockey, including a 108–goal and 192–point season for the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1983–84. He also was a member of the 1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks squad that won the Memorial Cup, emblematic of the best Junior Hockey (ages 15–20) team in North America. Teammates on that club included Cam Neely, Mike Vernon, Brian Curran, John Kordic and other future NHL-ers.

In his NHL career, he scored 408 goals and 490 assists, for a total of 898 points in 1258 games in 18 seasons. He was named to the NHL all-star game in 1992. He had two 40 goal seasons. His only regret was not winning the Stanley Cup.

Ferraro had a memorable playoff run for the New York Islanders in 1993, scoring two overtime goals against the Washington Capitals as the Islanders defeated both the Capitals and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Ferraro assisted on David Volek's game- and series-winning goal during overtime of Game 7 against the Penguins. The goal advanced the Islanders to the Wales Conference Finals, which they lost to the eventual champion Montreal Canadiens. Ferraro finished that playoff season with team-leading totals in goals (13) and points (20).

Broadcasting[edit]

Ferraro retired on August 2, 2002. He has a done work for ESPN hockey broadcasts, including work on NHL 2Night with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose, where he began working while still an active player. On that show Ferraro was often referred to as "Chicken Parm" by Buccigross after an accident with chicken parmesan moments before going on the air. He later worked as a studio analyst for the NHL on NBC, as a colour commentator on Edmonton Oilers broadcasts on Rogers Sportsnet West, and on Sportsnet's other hockey programs.

Ferraro works as a game analyst and studio analyst for the NHL on TSN. Ferraro provided colour commentary and analysis for CTV during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since Pierre McGuire left TSN for NBC/Versus, Ferraro became the lead game analyst.

On May 5, 2014, EA Sports announced that Ferraro will be an ice level analyst for NHL 15 along play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick and color commentator Ed "Eddie" Olczyk.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ferraro's second wife is former U.S. women's ice hockey team captain Cammi Granato, who also worked as a women's hockey analyst during NBC's 2006 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics coverage, and they have two sons, Riley, who was born in December 2006, and Reese, born in December 2009. Ray has two sons from a previous marriage to Tracey Ferraro; Matt (b. 1988) and Landon (b. 1991). Landon, a centre, was drafted 2nd overall by the Red Deer Rebels in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft and in the 2nd round of the 2009 NHL draft (32nd overall) by the Detroit Red Wings and was later traded from Red Deer to the Everett Silvertips, where he was their Captain. Landon made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on March 18, 2014. Matt, a former goalie, was drafted in 2003 by the Prince George Cougars, but has expressed a desire to pursue a career in law and hockey related business.

Following the Swedish women's team upset of the U.S. at the Torino games, Ferraro publicly criticized US Women's coach Ben Smith for failing to bring the best US players to the games, which led to their downfall. His comments were broadcast on MSNBC during the intermission of a men's game. This appeared to be directly related to his wife being cut in August 2005, along with other veterans in favor of younger, faster players. Some critics and fans also questioned Granato's cut from the team and cited it as a factor in the US team's disappointing performance.

Ferraro currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

On April 7, 2008, Ferraro returned to ESPN to call his first ever Frozen Four and as the replacement for Barry Melrose, who left ESPN to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently works with TSN, which he joined in 2008.[3]

Transactions[edit]


Video Games[edit]

Ferraro is the broadcaster between the benches in EA Sports' hockey video game NHL 15.

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1980–81Trail Smoke EatersBCJHL10110
1981–82Penticton KnightsBCJHL48657013590
1982–83Portland Winter HawksWHL50414990391414102413
1983–84Brandon Wheat KingsWHL7210884192841113152820
1984–85Binghamton WhalersAHL3720133329
1984–85Hartford WhalersNHL4411172840
1985–86Hartford WhalersNHL7630477757103694
1986–87Hartford WhalersNHL802732594261128
1987–88Hartford WhalersNHL682129508161126
1988–89Hartford WhalersNHL804135768642024
1989–90Hartford WhalersNHL7925295410970332
1990–91Hartford WhalersNHL1525718
1990–91New York IslandersNHL6119163552
1991–92New York IslandersNHL8040408092
1992–93Capital District IslandersAHL10222
1992–93New York IslandersNHL4614132740181372018
1993–94New York IslandersNHL822132538341016
1994–95New York IslandersNHL4722214330
1995–96New York RangersNHL6525295482
1995–96Los Angeles KingsNHL1142610
1996–97Los Angeles KingsNHL81252146112
1997–98Los Angeles KingsNHL4069154230112
1998–99Los Angeles KingsNHL6513183159
1999–00Atlanta ThrashersNHL8119254488
2000–01Atlanta ThrashersNHL8129477691
2001–02Atlanta ThrashersNHL618192766
2001–02St. Louis BluesNHL1564108100334
NHL totals125840849089812886821224354

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buccigross, John (2003-04-06). "Da Vinci knew all about the Stanley Cup". ESPN.com (ESPN Internet Ventures). Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  2. ^ "EA SPORTS NHL 15 Starts a New Generation of Hockey Videogames This Fall". EA Sports. May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ray Ferraro". TSN. Bell Media. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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