Ron Ellis in action with the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Toronto Maple Leafs mourn the loss of one of their own

Published May 11, 2024 at 1:24 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the greater hockey community are mourning a monumental loss today with word that arguably the greatest player to ever dawn the Maple Leafs sweater has passed away.

Ron Ellis, who exemplified what it meant to wear the blue and white, passed away at the age of 79. Ellis, who was only one of five players to skate in more than one thousand games with the club, played sixteen years in Toronto, amassing 640 points, including 332 goals, along with 308 assists and 207 penalty minutes.

The NHL Alumni Association is heartbroken to learn that Stanley Cup Champion and 2024 NHLAA ‘Keith Magnuson Man of the Year' Award recipient, Ron Ellis, has passed away at the age of 79.

Ron first joined the
roster undrafted in the 1963-64 season for one game. He would find himself joining the team full-time the following season, and would remain a Maple Leaf for the rest of his

Ellis became a key member of the team, and would ultimately earn the highest honour in hockey of winning the Stanley Cup in 1967. He played in 1,034 regular-season games, scoring 640 points over his career. He was also an intricate part of the famed Canadian team in the 1972 Summit Series.

After his playing days had ended, Ron found a new passion for helping his teammates and NHL Alumni Family. He was always available to lend an ear, his heart and help.

Ellis's contributions philanthropically were global and impactful through his work with many charities and mental health initiatives. He dedicated his life, post hockey, to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and could be found each day smiling while he led guests through the great museum archives proudly.

In February of this year, Ron Ellis became a recipient of our ‘Keith Magnuson Man of the Year' Award for these countless contributions to his community and the hockey world.

His family was so special to him and was his bright shining light.

We send our deepest condolences to Ron's family, his wife Jan, son RJ, daughter-in-law Renata, friends, and former teammates. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time.

No matter what age you are, if you're a Maple Leafs fan, you are likely aware of how much of an impact Ron Ellis had being a member of the Maple Leafs and how much it truly meant to him, even during the latter part of his career, which were some of the darker times in the club's history.

We at Blade of Steel also offer our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Ellis and to anyone else he may have had an impact on during his career and throughout his life.
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