Size Doesn’t Matter, the Story of Ty Ronning

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Thursday January 21st

By Hyun Oh

If you have ever attended a Vancouver Giants home game at the Pacific Coliseum, there is usually one player that sticks out more than the others. Noticeable from the start of the pre game warm-ups, he is usually one of the fastest, craftiest, hardest working and smallest players on the ice.

Listed at 5’9 and 165 pounds, Burnaby BC native Ty Ronning is a fan favourite amongst Giants fans. Leading the team in goals this season, Ronning is having a breakout season in his 3rd year with the Giants. Ty is the son of former Vancouver Canucks superstar Cliff Ronning, and played his minor hockey at the Burnaby Winter Club. Ty was selected 15th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

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Ty and Cliff Ronning during Ty’s Burnaby Winter Club years

Ty knew that comparisons to his father were inevitable at a young age, but his road to his current success has not been an easy one. After being selected in the first round, the Giants management and fanbase had high hopes for Ronning. The season after Ty’s midget year with the Delta Hockey Academy, Ty played 56 games with the Giants in his rookie season in 2013-14.

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Ronning would put up 9 goals and 11 assists in his rookie year, which isn’t too bad for a 16 year old in the WHL. His 2nd year with the Giants was unfortunately a different story. Ty would miss the first three months of the 2014-15 season with a broken collarbone. Upon return, Ty struggled for the rest of the season as he played just 21 games and recorded 3 points. Ty was a healthy scratch 3 times under head coach Claude Noel and was a total of -20 by the end of the season.

Things were looking grim going into Ty’s 3rd WHL season this year, which would be Ty’s first year of NHL Draft eligibility.

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Ronning surrounded by his teammates after scoring the first goal of the 2015 teddy bear toss game

But Ty would turn things around at the start of this season. When Giants Captain and projected first 2016 first round pick Tyler Benson sustained an injury and didn’t return until November, Ty took this opportunity to lead the team offensively leading the team in goals scored including multiple hat tricks and impressive goals this season. At the beginning of the year, Ronning was listed as a C prospect by NHL Central Scouting, meaning he was a longshot to be drafted or a 6/7th round pick, but the Mid Season Rankings have Ronning at 82nd amongst North American skaters.

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Ty currently has 26 goals and 15 assists and wears number 7, reminiscent to his father Cliff .

The current Giants head coach Lorne Molleken had this to say about Ronning; “A kid who competes that hard, a kid who can score goals like that, a kid who can read the game that way…there’s room for him in the NHL. He’s not too small, because of his heart and his pride and his desire.”

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Published January 21st 2015 by Hyun Oh

Hyun is just your average teenager from Surrey BC who loves the game.

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