vendredi 30 mai 2014

Player of the day : Ed Ronan #player #day #hockey #habs #ch

Edward Robert Ronan (born March 21, 1968) is a former professional hockey player from 1991-1998.

As a high school player at Andover Academy, Ed Ronan was a standout forward who was picked up in the NHL Draft albeit well down the line by the Montreal Canadiens in 1987.

But Ronan preferred to complete his education before considering a career in pro hockey. As such, he attended Boston University where he studied by day and played hockey as an offensively solid forward on the side.

It wasn't until the 1991-92 campaign that the young winger finally turned pro in the Habs' chain with the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. During his first two seasons in the organization, Ronan made steady improvements to his game that gradually won him increased opportunities to skate with the Habs in Montreal. His role with the club was that of a third- and fourth-line winger aimed more at opposing lines than at opposing goaltenders.

By 1993-94, Ronan had established himself as a respectable defensive forward. He got in his first complete season in the NHL without reference to the minors. But early in the following season, he was knocked out of the lineup with an injury. As a result, he only managed to appear in 30 contests.

By the end of the season, he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Winnipeg Jets.
In Manitoba, however, Ronan never got much ice time during his 17 games with the club. Instead he spent most of the 1995-96 campaign with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. Again, he was placed on waivers at the end of the season and, this time, was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres who dispatched him to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Ronan remained in the minors until near the end of the 1996-97 campaign when he was called up to join the Sabres ahead of the playoffs. His six games of post-season play were his last in the NHL. At the start of the 1997-98 season, he was sent to play for the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he retired at the end of the year.