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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on October 3rd, 2018

Paul Ronty - Born June 12, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario is a Canadian retired ice Hockey centre.

Ronty played all his early Hockey in Toronto, and played his first junior Hockey with the Junior B Toronto Chevies Aces, having a strong playoff performance in 1945 with the Aces, Ronty was noticed by a Boston Bruins scout.

Ronty, now a 17 year old, then played with the Boston Olympics of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League / EAHL for the 1945-46 season. The Olympics were defending league champions, and Ronty fit into the team very well, scoring 6 goals, 11 assists in the playoffs, helping the Olympics to the 1946 EAHL championship and the 1946 Boardwalk Trophy championship.

Ronty then turned pro, and played with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League / AHL for the 1946-47 season, Once again, Ronty was scoring, and had 19 goals, 40 assists in the regular season, and then helped Hershey win their first Calder Cup championship in 1947.

Ronty started the 1947-48 season with Hershey, scoring 15 goals, 24 assists in 31 games, before the Boston Bruins called him up to the NHL, where he finished the season with 3 goals, 11 assists, and played in 5 NHL playoff games, picking up 4 assists.

Ronty played the next 3 seasons with the Bruins, centering wingers Johnny Peirson and Ken Smith - they were known as "the Muscle Line", Ronty finished 5th in league scoring in 1948-49, with 20 goals and again in 1949-50 with 23 goals, and also 2nd in the league in assists with 36. Ronty played in the NHL All-Star game in 1949 and 1950.

Ronty was traded to the New York Rangers for Gus Kyle, cash and the rights to Pentti Lund, September 20, 1951, and would play in New York for the next 4 seasons, and centered the "Light Brigade" line with Wally Hergesheimer and Herb Dickenson as his wingers. Ronty had 3 solid seasons in New York, playing in the NHL All-Star games in 1953 and 1954.

Ronty had a slow start to the 1954-55 season, and was considering retirement to be with his new family more, when he was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens from the Rangers, February 20, 1955. Ronty played the final 4 games of the season for the Canadiens and 5 playoff games with 0 points, even though he played on a line with Dickie Moore and Busher Curry.

Just 27 years old, Ronty retired in that summer of '55. The Canadiens refused to offer him a guaranteed contract, instead offering him a training camp tryout. Ronty refused, and returned home to Boston to be with his family.


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