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from Paul Stewart at the Huffington Post,

Shortly after my retirement from the NHL as an active referee, the Hockey News asked me to name the five biggest whiners I had to deal with on the ice. In descending order from one to five, the players were Chris Gratton, Tyson Nash, Craig Janney, Steve Yzerman and Keith Tkachuk. I'll share stories about the other players some other time but for now, I talk about Gratton.

If you ever looked at Chris Gratton's career, he was the type of player that in the era in which I played would have been branded as a pseudo tough guy. He was bold and brave when either playing at home and/or going up against someone much smaller or at the end of a long shift when Gratton had just hopped on the ice. On the road, he could often carry a carton of eggs in his sweater without breaking any.

Gratton also complained about pretty much every call that did not go his way. He'd give my linesmen grief if he sent in a play two feet offside and the play got whistled down. According to him, he was never guilty of a penalty; to the point that, even when he did have a legitimate beef, he'd already cried wolf too many times before.

much more, a good read...

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awould's avatar

I love reading these types of stories. Keep’em coming.

Posted by awould on 07/16/14 at 05:55 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

“Sammy, you should wear number eight. You look like a giant octopus out there tonight.”


Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/16/14 at 09:00 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Stewart and Stevie always hated each other. He booted Stevie out for misconducts a few times

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 07/16/14 at 09:13 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

You know it’s Paul Stewart when you can say, “Hey, he’s finally writing for a respectable publication, the Huffington Post!” wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/17/14 at 01:40 AM ET

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