Welcome to another WHL Best of the 2010s feature where we profile the best WHL players from the 2009-10 season all the way to the 2019-20 season. Players are judged based on what they did in each division. This means if a player spent time in multiple divisions, their placement will be judged based on what they did separately while in each division. Don’t forget to vote on our Twitter page, @WHLonA51 to help determine which player will be crowned the best WHL player of the 2010s. We hope you enjoy.
Another Portland Winterhawk to make our list, Ty Rattie, put together a strong career from 2009-2013 in Portland. During his time in the WHL, he recorded 348 points in 269 games. Here is a deep dive into one of the Winterhawks’ all-time best players.
Rattie started his career with a ten-game stint during the 2008-09 season before making the team full time in 2009-10. During his first full season, he scored 17 goals and recorded 37 points in 61 games. He also contributed during the Winterhawks playoff run with four points in 13 games. It was a good rookie season that set him up nicely for his second full season.
2010-11 was a special year for him as he started to show how dominant he could be. In 67 games, he scored 28 goals and recorded 79 points. In the playoffs, he helped lead Portland to the WHL final with 22 points in 21 games. While the Winterhawks did not make the Memorial Cup, it may have been a blessing in disguise as he was about to kick it up a notch the following year.
In 2011-12, Rattie came out on fire with 57 goals and 121 points in 69 games. For his efforts, he was named to the WHL (West) First All-Star Team. He then continued his domination into the playoffs with 33 points in 21 games. Unfortunately, Portland came within one game of going to the Memorial Cup that season falling in Game seven of the WHL Final.
Rattie’s final season was the 2012-13 campaign, where he once again showed he was determined to get the Winterhawks into the Memorial Cup. In 62 games, he scored 48 goals and recorded 110 points, being named to the WHL (West) Second All-Star Team. He was also selected to Team Canada at the World Juniors that season. In the playoffs, he scored 36 points, including 20 goals in just 21 games and helped Portland finally clinch a spot in the Memorial Cup. For his efforts, he was named WHL Playoff MVP. In the Memorial Cup, he scored 12 points in just five games, but Portland came up just short falling in the Finals. For his efforts, he was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team and will be remembered as the player that scored the Winterhawks’ last goal that season.
Few possessed the talent Rattie displayed in the WHL. He was a threat to score every game and helped Portland dominate the Western Conference during his five-year career. An easy choice for the WHL Best of the 2010s list.