|Born||August 23, 1964 (1964-08-23) (age 46),
Trail, BC, CAN
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Raymond Ferraro (born August 23, 1964, in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers (1984–1990), New York Islanders (1990–1995), New York Rangers (1995–1996), Los Angeles Kings (1996–1999), Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2002) and St. Louis Blues (2002). His nickname was the "Big Ball of Hate", coined by Rangers teammate Glenn Healy. He is currently a broadcaster for Team 1040 Radio and TSN in Canada, where all he does is say "remarkable" while moving his hand up and down.
Ferraro was a prolific scorer in junior hockey, including a 108–goal and 192–point season for the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1983–84.
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.
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).
Ferraro retired on August 2, 2002. He has 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.
Currently, Ferraro has a daily "Hockey Hour" segment on Vancouver radio station TEAM 1040, introduced to the strains of "The Brass Bonanza", theme song of the Hartford Whalers (present-day Carolina Hurricanes). Ferraro is currently working as a game analyst and studio analyst for the NHL on TSN and on Canucks pay-per-view telecasts. Ferraro provided colour commentary and analysis for TSN during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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 center, 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; 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. With Ferraro switching from NBC to ESPN, there have been rumors that Bill Clement and Gary Thorne might re-partner up at ESPN as well.
- November 13, 1990 — Traded by the Hartford Whalers to the New York Islanders in exchange for Doug Crossman.
- August 9, 1995 — Signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
- March 14, 1996 — Traded by the New York Rangers, along with Ian Laperrière, Nathan LaFayette, Mattias Norström and New York's 1997 4th round draft choice (Tomi Kallarsson), to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla.
- August 9, 1999 – Signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers.
- March 18, 2002 — Traded by the Atlanta Thrashers to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for St. Louis' 2002 4th round draft choice (Robin Jonsson).
|1980–81||Trail Smoke Eaters||BCJHL||1||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||50||41||49||90||39||14||14||10||24||13|
|1983–84||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||72||108||84||192||84||11||13||15||28||20|
|1990–91||New York Islanders||NHL||61||19||16||35||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||New York Islanders||NHL||80||40||40||80||92||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Capital District Islanders||AHL||1||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||New York Islanders||NHL||46||14||13||27||40||18||13||7||20||18|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||82||21||32||53||83||4||1||0||1||6|
|1994–95||New York Islanders||NHL||47||22||21||43||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||65||25||29||54||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||11||4||2||6||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||25||21||46||112||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||40||6||9||15||42||3||0||1||1||2|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||65||13||18||31||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||St. Louis Blues||NHL||15||6||4||10||8||10||0||3||3||4|