Cliff Ronning was all about numbers.
I'm not talking about his 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, for an impressive 1137 career games, just the 176th player in league history to play in 1000 games. I'm not referring to his scoring exploits which saw him score 89 goals and 197 points in his final season of junior. Nor am I talking his career 306 NHL goals, 563 assists or 869 points, all very solid numbers. I'm not even referring to his 126 career playoff games or his 89 career playoff points, 15 of which came in 1994 when he came within a whisker of winning the Stanley Cup.
No, the numbers that always defined Cliff Ronning were his height of 5'8" inches and size at 165 pounds.
His all life Ronning faced detractors and experts who said many years ago he would never make it in the NHL, because he was too small. No matter how impressive his offensive numbers were in junior, international or minor pro hockey, he was always told he was not big enough for the National Hockey League. Full Story