Peter Ratchuk was born in Buffalo, NY and was drafted straight out of high school in the first round, 25th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He began his junior hockey career in the NCAA with Bowling Green University but moved on to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1997-98. He never signed with the Avalanche and in 1998 went to the Florida Panthers as a free agent. In his rookie season he played 24 games in the NHL splitting time between the big club and the New-Haven Beast of the AHL. After spending the next couple of seasons in the minors he got another opportunity with the Panthers in 2000-01 and played in 8 more games. This was followed with a couple of minor league stops in the Penguins and Sabres organizations. The last few seasons have seen Peter Ratchuk playing hockey for the Frankfurt Lions in one of the European hockey leagues.