LAKings.com's Mike Kalinowski caught up with former King Ray Ferraro as part of his On The Spot With Series.
On The Spot With Ray Ferraro
Position: Center Born: Aug. 23, 1964 (Trail, British Columbia) Acquired By Kings: Traded from the New York Rangers to Los Angeles along with Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom, Nathan LaFayette and the Rangers fourth round choice in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (Sean Blanchard) for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla on March 14, 1996. Years With The Kings: 1996-99
Career With The Kings:
Recorded 98 points (48-50=98) in 197 career regular season games with the Kings.
Helped lead the Kings to their first playoff appearance in five seasons as LA met the St. Louis Blues in the 1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Led the Kings with 25 goals and 81 games played during the 1996-97 season.
Scored eight game-winning goals during his tenure with the Kings, including four during the 1998-99 season.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
Selected by the Hartford Whalers in the fifth round (88th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
Appeared in 1,258 career NHL Regular season games during a long and successful career that started with the Whalers during the 1984-85 season and ended with the St. Louis Blues during the 2001-02 season.
Scored 408 career goals and registered 490 career assists during his NHL career.
Played in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game.
Played for Hartford, the New York Islanders, the Rangers, the Kings, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Blues before he officially retired in August of 2002.
What He’s Doing Now:
Lives in Vancouver with his wife, Cammi Granato, a former Kings radio color commentator who recently was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Continues to serve as a TV hockey analyst in his native Canada.
Has signed on with several other Kings Alumni to participate in the Kings Fantasy Camp, scheduled for Sept. 6-7 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
Was traded to the Kings about a month after Wayne Gretzky was traded to St. Louis.
Was shocked that he was traded after signing with the Rangers as a free agent prior to the 1995-96 season.
Says the knee injury he suffered during the 1997-98 season really started a battle he fought till the end of his career with that injury.
Talks about the 1998 Conference Quarterfinals against the Blues and what transpired in Game 3.
Says his No. 1 career highlight would be the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs as a member of the Islanders.
Credits his dad as an example of what hard work can do for a career.
Says his TV career started shortly after he was traded to the Kings.