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From Tom Berridge of Postmedia, in Burnaby Now:
It’s been 17 years since the last time a Vancouver Canucks team went on a memorable playoff run to the Stanley Cup. But Burnaby’s own Cliff Ronning finds the memories flooding back to him as if it all happened yesterday.
“Yeah absolutely. What I remembered was the excitement in the city,” Ronning said in a phone interview. “The fans and the city have waited a long time for this.”
Ronning, who retired from the National Hockey League in 2006, played 18 years in the bigs on seven separate teams, including six seasons with the hometown Canucks.
Ronning remembers his time with the Canucks in 1994, as David going up against “Goliath.” But today, his assessment of this current Vancouver team is optimistic, arguing the Cup is “theirs to lose.” Complete article is here.
It occurs to me it would be great to see a lot of those 1994 guys at game 1 next Wednesday. Hopefully the Canucks have extended such an invitation.
A casual remark from Cliff Ronning buried at the end of this article in a local Burnaby paper yesterday, caught my attention:
“Sooner or later I’m going to slow down a bit. My ultimate goal would be somehow to work with the Canucks in some capacity. I would stop doing everything to do that because that’s pretty well where my heart is.”
That says a lot, given that this organization didn’t exactly endear itself to Ronning back in 1996, when “the Canucks offered him a 30 per cent pay cut and everyone else a 30 per cent raise.” (Which instantly brings to mind a Mike Keenan joke, but he wasn’t even in Vancouver yet so I’ll have to bank that one. Which is annoying. Mike Keenan jokes are a crowd-pleaser.) But perhaps the money issue is understandable given that the 1996 roster must have commanded some big bucks going into the 1997 season.
Anyway, back to Ronning…