Michigan State University
| February 20, 1988 (age 27)
Buffalo, NY, USA (1988-02-20) |
42nd overall, 2006
Michael Ratchuk (born February 20, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He has been a part of the Blades Cup-winning minor league team, in 2012. He is the brother of Peter Ratchuk, a professional hockey defenseman who has predominantly played in Europe.
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On October 20, 2009, Ratchuk was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets for prospect Stefan Legein. After winning the Kelly Cup with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, Ratchuk announced on June 19, 2012, that he had signed with Slovenian team, HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in the Austrian Hockey League, the EBEL.
After 42 games in the 2012–13 season with Ljubljana, Ratchuk returned mid-season to the Everblades on January 23, 2013.
As a free agent at season's end, Ratchuk signed to his third ECHL club, the Wheeling Nailers on August 9, 2013. With his second season with the Nailers, limited to just 28 games due to injury in 2014–15, Ratchuk left the Nailers in the off-season to sign a contract with fellow ECHL competitors, the Cincinnati Cyclones on August 5, 2015.