Gilles Gratton was not your every day professional goaltender. He begged off from assignments based on the planets not being properly aligned. He skated naked at practice. He fought with coaches and management, speaking his mind to his detriment. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ruled his life, not stopping pucks. Truthfully, he just didn't want to be there. What he really wanted to be was a Tibetan monk, and so he quit hockey to seek enlightenment. Now, in his autobiography, Gratton teams with author Greg Oliver to tell his story, from his early days in Montreal, where his brother Norm Gratton became an NHL player too, through the OHA's Oshawa Generals, the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros in the WHA, and the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers in the NHL.
It's getting towards the end of January, and ECW Press just finalized the cover for Gratoony the Loony, which will be out in the fall of 2017. Apparently being in a New York Rangers jersey will help sales; makes sense since that was not only the team he became most notorious playing for, but it's also where he debuted his iconic lion mask.