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|1975 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
3 overall by California Golden Seals
September 15, 1955
Center / Left Wing|
Height: 5-11 Weight: 170
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1975 (silver)
Saskatoon Captain: 1974-75
Playoffs Points Leader: 1975 (Saskatoon) (28 points)
Assists Leader: 1975 (Saskatoon) (23 assists)
Miscellaneous: Played in second World Junior Championships in Winnipeg and
Brandon, Manitoba, an unofficial tournament that helped set stage for first
official World Juniors in 1977. ... Missed more than six weeks of 1974-75
season with mononucleosis.
| Debut: October 8,
1975 (California at Atlanta)|
Numbers: 10 (California/Cleveland);
24, 10 (Colorado); 28 (St. Louis)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired November 1983
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Calif./Cleve, Colo., St Louis||497||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
Colorado, St. Louis||26||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Scored goal in his first NHL
game. ... Was on California team that relocated to Cleveland in June 1976. ...
Missed part of 1977-78 season with torn knee ligaments. ... Claimed by
Hartford after being left unprotected by Colorado in 1979 NHL Expansion Draft
on June 13, 1979. Hartford immediately traded him to N.Y. Islanders for Terry
Richardson. N.Y. Islanders immediately traded him to St. Louis to complete a three-team deal in which St.
Louis had sent Richardson and Barry Gibbs to N.Y. Islanders in exchange for
future considerations (Klassen and promise that N.Y. Islanders would trade
Gibbs to Los Angeles so that Tom Williams could be sent to St. Louis). The
multiple trades made him the only player in NHL history to be property of four
different teams (Colorado, Hartford, N.Y. Islanders, St. Louis) in one day.
... Became a penalty-killing specialist during his years in St. Louis. ...
Chose to retire after being released by St. Louis and failing to catch on with
another team in November 1983.
|Post-Draft Teams: Salt Lake (CHL);
World Championships: 1977 (fourth place)
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1975 (by Cleveland,
No. 5 overall in Round 1)
Personal: Full name is Ralph L.
Klassen. ... One of nine children, seven of whom were boys.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Cleveland traded Klassen and Fred
Ahern to Colorado in exchange for Rick Jodzio and Chuck Arnason on January 9,
|Won Stanley Cup:
|Hall of Fame: