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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Ask the Giant: 10 Questions with James Malm

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Tuesday December 23rd

By Hyun Oh

For this week’s interview segment, I will be talking with Vancouver Giants prospect and Valley West Hawks forward James Malm. Malm played 19 games this year with the Vancouver Giants and is currently in his 2nd season with the Valley West Hawks. The 16 year old Langley native finished second in the BC Major Midget League in scoring in 2014/15, putting up 20 goals and 46 assists in 31 games for the Valley West Hawks. James was a 2nd round draft pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and played with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A1 team in his last Bantam year.

 

Hyun: “You had the opportunity to play in the WHL this season with the Vancouver Giants before getting sent down to the Valley West hawks. Could you describe what it was like and maybe go through some of your favourite moments?”

James: “Putting on the jersey for the first time and walking out of the tunnel and seeing how many people were there, and I also grew up watching the team when I was young so it’s pretty cool knowing you’re a part of an organization where I grew up idolizing the players. Also getting my first point was pretty cool.”

Hyun: “Growing up, was it yourself who wanted to play hockey or did your parents have an influence?”

James: ” I grew up watching and loving the game. so I would have to say it was myself .”

Hyun: “You represented Team BC last season in the 2015 Canada Winter Games amongst other elite WHL prospects such as Vancouver teammates Brendan Semchuk and Owen Hardy. Explain what that experience was like.”

James: “Wearing the BC logo and representing your province in a national event is such a honour. It was also really cool because it was the first time being on tv and by far the most people at games up to that point in my hockey career.”

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Hyun: “Is there a specific routine you always follow before and after games?”

James: ” I put on everything from left to right. that’s about it”

Hyun: “Do you remember the nicest goal you’ve ever scored?”

James: ” I can’t remember the nicest but I can remember important goals in big games throughout the time I’ve played hockey.”

Hyun: “You’re a very flashy type of offensive guy on the ice. Is there someone you try and model your game after?”

James: “Guys like Patrick Kane and Tyler Johnson because they’re small skilled forwards and also hard working.”

Hyun: “Do you have a go-to chirp?”

James: “Haha I don’t think I can answer that here.”

Hyun: “Haha alright that’s fine. What about a go-to goal celebration?”

James: “Just a fist pump nothing too crazy.”

Hyun: “Do you have any major specific goals for yourself in the future?”

James: “To make hockey my career. to play in the NHL one day.

Hyun: “Lastly, family, friends and teammates are an important part of a hockey player’s success. Is there anyone you’d like to give a special shoutout to?

James: “My parents the most because hockey isn’t a cheap sport to play and it is also very time consuming but I never heard them complain at all so I definitely owe them all the credit, my brother who used to practice with me so much when I was younger.”

Hyun: “Alright, I’ll let you go now. Thanks for your time and best of luck throughout the rest of the season! Hopefully we can do this again sometime in the future.”

James: “Thanks for the interview.”

James can be found on twitter (@James_Malm) and instagram (@jamesmalm14)

Published December 23rd 2015 by Hyun Oh

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

Follow Hyun on twitter: @ohitshyun