Ron Ellis, Maple Leafs Legend and 1967 Stanley Cup Winner, Dies at 79

Ron Ellis, a 16-year Toronto Maple Leafs player and 1967 Stanley Cup champion, passed away at 79. Ellis played 1,034 games, scored 332 goals, and was a beloved figure in the hockey community.

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Ron Ellis, Maple Leafs Legend and 1967 Stanley Cup Winner, Dies at 79

Ron Ellis, Maple Leafs Legend and 1967 Stanley Cup Winner, Dies at 79

Ron Ellis, a longtime Toronto Maple Leafs player and key member of the team's 1967 Stanley Cup championship squad, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. Ellis spent his entire 16-year NHL career with the Maple Leafs, cementing his legacy as one of the franchise's all-time greats.

During his illustrious career, Ellis played in 1,034 regular-season games, ranking fifth on the Maple Leafs' all-time games played list. He scored 332 goals, placing him fifth in goals in team history, and is one of only four players in the franchise to have scored 300 or more goals with Toronto. Ellis also recorded 308 assists, totaling 640 points over his career.

The Maple Leafs organization mourned the loss of the legendary player, stating, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Ellis. Ron was one of only five Maple Leafs to skate in more than 1000 games for the club while also scoring the fifth most goals in team history. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Ellis was a key player in the Maple Leafs' 1967 Stanley Cup victory, scoring the opening goal in the Cup-clinching game against the Montreal Canadiens. He also represented Canada in the historic 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union, playing alongside greats like Paul Henderson and Bobby Clarke.

After retiring from hockey, Ellis dedicated himself to helping fellow NHL alumni and worked at the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Director of Public Affairs and Assistant to the President. He was a beloved figure in the hockey community, often seen greeting guests at the Hall of Fame with his signature smile and kindness.

In 2024, Ellis and his teammates from the 1967 Maple Leafs were awarded the Keith Magnuson Man of the Year award by the NHL Alumni Association in recognition of their contributions to the game and their communities. The hockey world has lost a true gentleman and legend in Ron Ellis, whose impact on the sport and the lives he touched will never be forgotten.

Key Takeaways

  • Ron Ellis, a Toronto Maple Leafs legend, passed away at 79.
  • Ellis played 1,034 games with the Maple Leafs, ranking 5th all-time.
  • He scored 332 goals, 5th in team history, and 640 points in his career.
  • Ellis won the 1967 Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs and played in the 1972 Summit Series.
  • He was a beloved figure in the hockey community, dedicated to helping fellow alumni.