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10th Anniversary Feature: Cliff Ronning

Wednesday, 10.31.2007 / 2:49 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
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10th Anniversary Feature: Cliff Ronning
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He arrived in Music City less than a month into the club’s inaugural season, and Cliff Ronning, with his magical stick-handling skills and vision, was the source of much of the club’s offense in its first four seasons. He led the team in scoring in each of those years (1998-2002), establishing then-franchise highs in points (226), goals (81) and assists (145) in 301 games. The popular 5-8, 165-pounder was a fixture on the Nashville power play and often skated beside hard-working goal-scorer Patric Kjellberg.

“Our goal was always to get to the playoffs, and we obviously didn’t get to them when I was there, but we were kind of up against the odds most nights and we weren’t expected to win,” Ronning recently said when reflecting on his time in Nashville. “I have kind of fit into that underdog role all my life playing hockey – I was always too small. I thought our team competed very well and I think we played a very entertaining style of hockey that wasn’t boring to watch.

For myself, I was there to help develop young talent, and now you see those guys doing real well. If you could show them that if you work hard good things will happen, they would do it – I think that was kind of my role there, to show them how hard you have to work,” he added.

Ronning retired from hockey following the 2003-04 season having amassed 869 regular-season points in 1,137 games for St. Louis, Vancouver, Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles, Minnesota and the New York Islanders. He now resides in his hometown of Burnaby, B.C., working as a hockey stick representative for Warrior Hockey company.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61