Right-winger Ray Hannigan played three games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1948-49. He was a fine goal scorer in junior and the minors and took an interest in coaching following his playing days. The hard working forward was the older brother of Maple Leafs centre Gord Hannigan.
Born in Schumacher, Ontario, Hannigan excelled with the South Porcupine juniors of the NOHA in 1944-45 before joining the St.. Michael's Majors. After helping the Majors win the Memorial Cup in 1947, the young forward joined the senior St. Michael's squad and scored 27 goals in 35 matches. In 1948-49 he joined the senior Toronto Marlboros and got a taste of the NHL during a three game stint.
Beginning in 1949-50, Hannigan embarked on a solid six-year career in the AHL and WHL. He topped the 20-goal mark four times, helped the Pittsburgh Hornets win the Calder Cup in 1952 and contributed to two Western League crowns with the Edmonton Flyers. After retiring in 1955, Hannigan spent a year behind the bench of the junior Edmonton Oil Kings.