After a North American professional hockey career filled with ups and downs, Airdrie native Ty Rattie is proving he belongs in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) by leading Linköping HC in both goals and scoring.
Rattie, who just turned 30 on February 5th, played his minor hockey in Airdrie and showed he had a knack for putting the puck in the net in his early years. While with the U15 Airdrie Xtreme he scored 75 goals and 56 assists in only 33 games, a pace of just slightly less than four points per game. Rattie moved on the play for the U18 UFA Bisons before becoming a member of the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Portland Winter Hawks where he scored 151 goals in a four-year career.
Rattie was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL draft. Rattie bounced around with the Blues and Carolina Hurricanes before becoming an Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2017. He scored 13 goals while playing for NHL squads.
With the Oilers, Rattie was placed on a line with Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid. The two showed some good chemistry and Rattie was given a contract extension at the end of the 2017- 2018 season
Unfortunately, the chemistry with McDavid didn't last through the 2018-2019 season and Rattie wasn't extended a qualifying offer and was made an unrestricted free agent by the Oilers.
After being released by the NHL club, Rattie decided to take his game to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia and joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl before switching uniforms and becoming a member of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod before signing with Assatt with Liiga.
In 2021-2022 he joined Timra IK of the SHL and had 21 goals and 26 assists in 51 games before moving to Linköping HC for the current SHL season.
Linköping is a city of around 105,000 people located in southern Sweden. It's known for its cathedrals, including the Domkyrka cathedral whose steeple dominates the skyline. Linköping is the centre of an old cultural region and celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1987. Nowadays, Linköping is best known for its university and high-tech industry.
The 2022-2023 campaign has been a struggle for Linköping HC. They sit in 12th place in the 14-team SHL and, with just two games remaining in the regular season, are in danger of missing the playoffs.
It's been a different story though for Rattie. In 50 games this season, he's accumulated 18 goals and added 15 assists for 33 points. He is the leading scorer for Linköping and sits in 21st place among SHL scorers. Rattie has picked up just 10 minutes in penalties while scoring six game-winning goals. He has averaged 17:13 time-on-ice per game.
Rattie had one assist in yesterday's (March 4) 4 - 3 overtime loss to the Malmö Redhawks. In late February, he had a goal and an assist in back-to-back games against Rogle BK and IK Oskarshamn. In one of his best performances of the season, Rattie led Linköping back from a 3 - 0 deficit against HV71 after two periods by scoring twice in the third, his second coming with just 17 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime where he connected for the winner to round out his hattrick and give his team a 4 - 3 victory.
Linköping has games Monday and Wednesday to put a wrap on the regular season in the SHL.
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