Skene Ronan

Skene Ronan
Skene Ronan hockey card 1 front.jpg
A cigarette pack hockey card showing Ronan in the Renfrew uniform.
Born (1889-02-09)February 9, 1889
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died June 25, 1937(1937-06-25) (aged 48)
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Defence/Centre
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators (NHA/NHL)
Montreal Canadiens (NHA)
Toronto Shamrocks (NHA)
Renfrew Creamery Kings (NHA)
Haileybury (TPHL/NHA)
Toronto Professionals (OPHL)
Pittsburgh Bankers (WPHL)
Playing career 1908–1919

Erskine Rockcliffe Ronan (February 9, 1889 – June 25, 1937) was a Canadian professional hockey player who played 10 professional seasons. Ronan played the majority of his professional career in the National Hockey Association (NHA) and played one season in its successor league, the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1918–19 as a member of the Ottawa Senators. He was a member of the 1916 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship team. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario.

Playing career

Ronan made his professional debut as a defenceman with the Pittsburgh Bankers of the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL) in 1908–09, then would break his contract to leave to play with the Toronto Professionals, finishing with a few games for the Haileybury team in the Temiskaming Professional Hockey League (TPHL). He would stay with Haileybury in 1910 in the inaugural season of the NHA. In 1911, Ronan remained in the NHA after Haileybury returned to the TPHL, as a member of the Renfrew Creamery Kings in their final season in the NHA.

Ronan, third from right in the top row, with the NHA Eastern All-Stars in April 1912.

For the 1911–12 season, Renfrew dropped out of the league and its players were dispersed to the remaining clubs in the league by drawing lots. Ottawa picked Ronan after the Wanderers had picked Cyclone Taylor, and tried to trade Ronan to the Wanderers for Taylor without success. Ottawa's regular centre Marty Walsh was not playing well and Ottawa tried Ronan out at centre. Ronan blossomed at centre, scoring eight goals in one game and five in another, ending up with 35 goals in 18 games.

While a member of the Senators during the 1911–12[1] and 1912–13 seasons Ronan was also a member of the NHA Eastern All-Stars, managed and coached by Art Ross, who played series of exhibition games against an All-Star aggregation from the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, scoring a total amount of 8 goals in 9 games over two years.

Ronan would play two more seasons with Ottawa before being sold to the Toronto Shamrocks before the 1914–15 season, but did not duplicate his goal totals.

Ronan played a season and a half with the Shamrocks and the rivaling Toronto club Toronto Blueshirts before being dealt to the Montreal Canadiens, playing on their 1916 Stanley Cup-winning squad, scoring a goal in the deciding game 5 2-1 win over the Portland Rosebuds. While with the Canadiens Ronan assaulted former Blueshirts teammate Alf Skinner in a game between the two clubs on January 22, 1916 which had him arrested by police and taken to the Agnes Street station in Toronto, although he was later released on $200 bail.[2] The incident went to trial and Ronan was acquitted of the charge on January 31 before Judge Winchester in Toronto, with Canadiens manager George Kennedy acting as a witness for the defense.[3]

After the 1915–16 season, Ronan signed up with the military where he served until 1918, while being affiliated with the Ottawa Munitions of the Ottawa City Senior Hockey League. He returned to professional hockey and was re-acquired by Ottawa in a trade with the Canadiens in exchange for Harry Hyland. However, he had lost his offensive skills and was released after eleven games without scoring any goals.

Statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1906–07 Pembroke Lumber Kings UOVHL 1 1 0 1 0 – – – – –
1907–08 Ottawa Primrose OCHL 8 15 0 15 – – – – – –
1908–09 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL 8 5 0 5 – – – – – –
1908–09 Toronto Professionals OPHL 7 4 0 4 4 – – – – –
1908–09 Haileybury Hockey Club TPHL 5 6 0 6 7 2 1 0 1 6
1910 Haileybury Comets NHA 11 3 0 3 21 – – – – –
1910–11 Renfrew Creamery Kings NHA 5 3 0 3 9 – – – – –
1911–12 Ottawa Senators NHA 18 35 0 35 5 – – – – –
NHA All-Stars Exh. 3 2 0 2 0 – – – – –
1912–13 Ottawa Senators NHA 20 18 0 18 39 – – – – –
NHA All-Stars Exh. 5 6 0 6 0 – – – – –
1913–14 Ottawa Senators NHA 19 18 5 23 65 – – – – –
1914–15 Toronto Shamrocks NHA 18 21 4 25 55 – – – – –
1915–16 Toronto Blueshirts NHA 9 0 3 3 8 – – – – –
Montreal Canadiens NHA 8 6 4 10 14 – – – – –
Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup – – – – – 2 1 0 1 0
1916–17 Ottawa Munitions OCHL – – – – – – – – – –
1917–18 Ottawa Munitions OCHL – – – – – – – – – –
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 0 0 6 – – – – –
NHA totals 108 104 16 120 216 – – – – –

Awards and achievements

References

  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League. pp. 645–646.

Notes

  1. ^ "Eastern All-Stars Who Were Vanquished in Hockey Struggle" Vancouver Sun. Apr. 3, 1912 (p. 8). Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  2. ^ "Poor pro hockey match but pretty fair battle" Toronto World. Jan. 24, 1916 (p. 8). Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  3. ^ "Skene Ronan is acquitted" Ottawa Citizen. Feb. 1, 1916 (p. 7). Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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