PHOENIX – The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that they have re-signed former ECHL left wing Josh Gratton.
The Phoenix RoadRunners are the ECHL affiliate of the Coyotes of the NHL and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
The 24 year old had two points (1g-1a) while leading the Coyotes and ranking second in the NHL with 188 penalty minutes in 52 games in 2006-07. He was named the Coyotes Man of the Year for his commitment and dedication to the community.
In his first professional season in 2003-04, the 6-foot-2 and 214-pound forward had 10 points (4g-6a) and a league-leading 239 penalty minutes in 30 games with San Diego before being loaned to Cincinnati of the AHL where he had had four points (2g-2a) and 69 penalty minutes in 21 regular season games and 35 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.
He appeared on one game with Trenton in 2004-05 before being called up to the Philadelphia Phantoms where he had 14 points (9g-5a) and 246 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games and six points (3g-3a) and 78 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games.
Phoenix acquired Gratton and two second-round selections in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers on Mar. 9, 2006 in exchange for Denis Gauthier.