Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cliff Ronning
In 1985, Cliff Ronning was showered with accolades as he wrapped up his two-year career with the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL. He won the league's scoring race and was voted the WHL's MVP and selected as a First-Team All-Star.

But when the NHL draft was held, the diminutive centreman didn't stand tall enough to rate very highly in the minds of the NHL's brass. Instead, it would be up to Ronning to prove himself all over again, this time, at the NHL level.

He was eventually picked up in the sixth round by the St. Louis Blues. But Ronning had a strong relationship with Canada's Olympic program. His flashy style, mobility, and scoring touch were well-suited to an international style of hockey. So, he skated for Team Canada for the bulk to the 1985-86 campaign. He then joined the Blues for the playoffs of that year and picked up his first two NHL points.

The following season, he split his campaign between Team Canada and the Blues. Time spent in both camps seemed indicative of an absence of a defined role for Ronning with the Blues. He did have one strong season in 1988-89 when he netted 59 points in 79 games. Nonetheless, a year later, he left the NHL to play in Italy for a year.

Upon his return in 1990-91, he rejoined the Blues for a short time but was then traded to the Vancouver Canucks. Once his NHL season came to an end, Ronning joined Canada's National Team at the 1991 World Championships.

Closer to home in Vancouver, Ronning's big-league career finally began to take shape. In his first three seasons with the club, he was able to wheel in an offensive mode. His numbers became predictably solid each year and he always kept his defensive game reigned in on a fairly tight string.

In 1996, at age 31, Ronning became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. He lasted for just over two seasons in the desert before being sent to the fledgling Nashville Predators. There, Ronning's veteran presence and consistent scoring punch helped prevent the Preds from becoming an expansion doormat.

After parts of four seasons in Nashville, Ronning was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in the latte stages of the 2001-02 season. Ronning would play only 14 games with the Kings before he was traded to the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2002. During the 2002-03 season Ronning surpassed the 800-point plateau and was a key player in Minnesota's run to the 2003 post season.

In 2003-04, Ronning signed as a free-agent with the New York Islanders where he would appear in 40 games with the club. Following a lock out year, Ronning announced his retirement from NHL on February 15. 2006


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 New Westminster Royals BCJHL 52 83 68 151 22
1983-84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 71 69 67 136 10 9 8 13 21 10
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 70 89 108 197 20 11 10 14 24 4
1985-86 Canada Nat-Tm 71 55 63 118 53
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 1 1 2 2
1986-87 Canada Nat-Tm 26 17 16 33 12
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 42 11 14 25 6 -1 4 0 1 1 0
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 5 8 13 12 +6
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 24 31 55 18 +3 7 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 12 11 20 31 8
1989-90 HC Asiago Italy 36 67 49 116 25 6 7 12 19 4
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 14 18 32 10 +2
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 6 6 12 0 -2 6 6 3 9 12
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 10 1 4 5 8
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 24 47 71 42 +18 13 8 5 13 6
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 29 56 85 30 +19 12 2 9 11 6
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 25 43 68 42 +7 24 5 10 15 16
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 6 19 25 27 -4 11 3 5 8 2
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 22 45 67 42 +16 6 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 69 19 32 51 26 -9 7 0 7 7 12
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 11 44 55 36 +5 6 1 3 4 4
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 2 5 7 2 +3
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 72 18 35 53 40 -6
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 82 26 36 62 34 -13
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 80 19 43 62 28 +4
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 67 18 31 49 24 0
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 1 4 5 8 0 4 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 17 31 48 24 -6 17 2 7 9 4
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 40 9 15 24 2 +3 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1137 306 563 869 453 126 29 57 86 72


BCJHL Coastal Division First All-Star Team (1983)
WHL Rookie of the Year (1984)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1985)
WHL Player of the Year (1985)
Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Geoff Courtnall, Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso and St. Louis' 5th round choice (Brian Loney) in 1992 Entry Draft for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher, March 5, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 1, 1996. Traded to Nashville by Phoenix with Richard Lintner for future considerations, October 31, 1998. Traded to Los Angeles by Nashville for Jere Karalahti and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Teemu Lassila) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 16, 2002. Traded to Minnesota by Los Angeles for Minnesota's 4th round choice (Aaron Rome) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, January 9, 2004.
Officially announced his retirement, February 15, 2006.