Meronek was playing Junior hockey in Portage Le Prairie, Manitoba when he was discovered by a scout from the Montreal Canadiens organization. Moving east, Meronek starred for the Verdun Maple Leafs where he was coached by legendary Hall of Fame Honoured Member Aurel Joliat in 1938-39.
Under Joliat, Meronek honed his stickhandling talents and led the Quebec Senior Hockey League in goal scoring. He was elevated to the Canadiens the next season, earning four points in seven games. The Montreal management liked his puckhandling habilities, but didn't bring Meronek back to the NHL until 1942-43. Because of work commitments during World War II, Meronek played only home games that season, his last in the NHL.