The New York Rangers will not qualify forward Ty Ronning. This means that Ronning will become an unrestricted free agent and be able to determine his own destiny. The Vancouver Canucks organization is reportedly high on Ronning’s list for potential destinations.
Naturally Vancouver is high on Ronning's list of teams.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 11, 2022
Ronning was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft with the 201st selection by the Rangers. Since then, he’s moved his way through the professional ranks, playing the last two seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL. Last year, Ronning managed to record 18 goals and 21 assists in 69 games.
Ty Ronning is the son of former Vancouver Canuck Cliff Ronning, a local product that spent six seasons with the team in the early 1990s. Cliff’s best season with the Canucks occurred during the 1992-93 NHL season when he managed to score 29 goals and add 56 assists, totalling 85 points in just 79 games.
Despite standing just 5’8″, Cliff never let his smaller stature prevent him from being an effective hockey player. His tenacity quickly turned him into a fan favourite and allowed him to win over the Vancouver crowds.
Cliff was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He still holds a special place in many Canucks fans’ hearts that got to see him play.
Ty Ronning’s Vancouver history
Cliff isn’t the only one with roots in Vancouver hockey. Despite being born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Ty also played his junior hockey in British Columbia. He started with Burnaby Winter Club — playing alongside current NHLers Matthew Barzal and Dante Fabbro — while he was still a teenager before moving to the Delta Hockey Academy.
Ronning was then drafted by the Vancouver Giants where he played the entirety of his major junior hockey career. He was an assistant captain for the last two seasons and scored a whopping 61 goals in 70 games during his final year with the team.
Where would Ty fit in Vancouver?
While it seems unlikely at this point that Ronning has a bright NHL future ahead of him, there’s no doubt that he could contribute at the AHL level. He would instantly become a fan favourite and would get to play in the lower mainland.
Ronning is a great skater that isn’t afraid to get in the dirty areas. He would be a dynamic offensive player for the Abbotsford Canucks and who knows, it’s still far too early to completely write off any chance at an NHL future.
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