|Ralph L. Klassen
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 175 pounds
Born: 9.15.55 Muenster, Saskatchewan
|How he arrived: Traded by the Cleveland Barons with Fred Ahern for Rick Jodzio and Chuck
How he left: Claimed by the Hartford Whalers in the Expansion Draft, 6.13.79
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Klassen was an effective 2-way player that possessed good speed. While he had the speed and playmaking skills to be a
reliable offensive contributor, while with the Rockies, it was his defensive game that stood out.
A knee injury did hamper him during the 77-78 season. He could have had about 30 points that year.
You also wanna talk nomadic? Klassen's involvement brought this to another level. For starters, you see that the Whalers
claimed him after the WHA merged with the NHL. Well, the next day, he was traded to the Islanders for Terry
Richardson. THEN, he was moved to the St. Louis Blues to complete a trade that involved Richardson originally.
One source said that it all happened in one day, which would make this the only time a player had been property of 4
different teams in one day, but I've seen others that say otherwise.
Regardless, the end result is Klassen would continue his career with the Blues, and do so as a PK specialist.
He retired during the 83-84 season after the Blues released him and could't catch on anywhere else.
He lived in Saskatoon after retirement, working as a mail carrier for Canada Post. After his retirement from that, which
occurred in 2013, he started coaching a senior league team, the Perdue Pirates.
|Entry Draft: 1975 First Round Pick (3rd overall) by the
California Golden Seals
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise