Normand Lionel Gratton - Born December 22, 1950 in LaSalle, Quebec – Died December 10, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec was a ice Hockey right winger.
Grattom played his first junior Hockey in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Garson-Falconbridge Combines, then the Thetford Mines Canadiens of the Quebec Junior Hockey League.
In 1968 he joined the Montreal Junior Canadiens, and had a strong playoffs, scoring 9 goals, 16 assists, helping the Jr. Canadiens win the 1969 J. Ross Robertson Cup Championship, 1969 George Richardson Memorial Trophy Championship, 1969 Hamilton Spectator Trophy Championship and the 1969 Memorial Cup championship.
Gratton then had a sensational 1969-70 season there, scoring 32 goals, 41 assists, and 18 goals, 29 assists in the playoffs, as the Jr. Canadiens repeated as champions, winning the 1970 J. Ross Robertson Cup Championship, 1970 George Richardson Memorial Trophy Championship, 1970 Hamilton Spectator Trophy Championship and the 1970 Memorial Cup championship.
Gratton then turned pro with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League / CHL at the start of the 1970-71 season, scoring 19 goals, 31 assists during the season, then 6 goals, 2 assists in the playoffs, as the Knights won the 1971 Adams Cup championship. Gratton played the next season in Omaha too, and got a 3 game call-up by the New York Rangers, getting 1 assist.
Gratton was then claimed by the NHL Atlanta Flames from the Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972, and would play for both the Knights and the Flames during the start of the 1972-73 season, before he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres by Atlanta for Butch Deadmarsh, February 14, 1973.
Gratton would play in Buffalo for basically 2 seasons, until he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars by Buffalo with Buffalo's 3rd round pick (Ron Zanussi) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Fred Stanfield, January 27, 1975. He would play in 66 games over 2 seasons with the North Stars.
Gratton would finish his Hockey career with the New Haven Nighthawks in 1976, and then his final season with the Maine Nordiques, helping them to the North American Hockey League championship finals in 1977.