Elwyn "Doc" Romnes was a star hockey player at White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota before going on to play college hockey at St. Thomas University in St. Paul.
In 1927, after three years with the local St. Paul Saints of the AHA, he broke into the National Hockey League at a time when there were just two American-born players in the league. Romnes joined the struggling Chicago Blackhawks and earned a regular spot on the roster.
Romnes played in the Stanley Cup finals on four different occasions in 1931, 1934 and 1938 with Chicago and 1939 with the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the title in 1934 and 1938.
The 1938 season stands out vividly in Romnes' career because of his violent encounter with Toronto defensemen Red Horner, who broke his nose in five places. Ironically both were teammates in Toronto the following year when Romnes scored the winning goal in the Leafs only victory over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.
Romnes was always known as a very clean player, who followed the rules of the game, which was evidenced by the fact he drew just 46 penalty minutes in 403 games. In 1936 he was the recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy, scoring 13 goals and 25 assists along with tallying just six penalty minutes in the full 48-game schedule.
Romnes also made brief NHL stops with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Americans, retiring after the 1939-1940 season. He then took over as coach of Michigan Tech until 1945. He led the Kansas City Pla Mors to the USHL Championship and Playoff Title in 1946 and then coached the University of Minnesota hockey club from 1947 until 1952.
Romnes died on July 21, 1984 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 77.