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WHL Alumni Ronning, Shick named to 2018 induction class for BC Sports Hall

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There will be a little Western Hockey League flavour when the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognizes its 2018 induction class as former WHL forward Cliff Ronning and former WHL Official Rob Shick were announced Tuesday as part of the Hall’s 52nd induction class.

“On behalf of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, I congratulate each and every member of the 52nd induction class,” said Jim Lightbody, chair of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, in a media release. “Your dedication to sport is an inspiration to people across the province, and our entire team looks forward to honouring you at our annual Induction Gala.”

The BC Sports Hall of Fame will recognize 2018 inductees on May 31.

Ronning, a 52-year-old product of Burnaby, spent two formative years with the New Westminster Bruins from 1983-84 through 1984-85, amassing an astounding 333 points (158G-175A) in only 141 career WHL games.

Both of Ronning’s years in the WHL were highly decorated. He was named WHL Rookie of the Year in 1983-84, along with earning a place on the WHL West Second All-Star Team. The 1984-85 season saw the diminutive forward lead the entire CHL in scoring with 197 points (89G-108A), earning him the WHL scoring crown, WHL Player of the Year recognition, WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player Award and a place on the WHL West First All-Star Team.

At only 5-foot-8 and 168 pounds, the undersized pivot went on to be selected by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round (134th) of the 1984 NHL Draft. From there, he did nothing short of electrify with his speed and creativity over 17 successful NHL campaigns, collecting 869 points (306G-563A) in 1,137 career NHL regular season games.

Hockey fans in British Columbia will remember Ronning fondly as being a key member of the 1994 Vancouver Canucks, as the team advanced to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Ronning helped pace the club with 15 points (5G-10A) in 24 games during that run. Overall, he spent parts of six seasons playing for his hometown Canucks (1990-91 to 1995-96).

Ronning enjoyed an extensive career abroad, representing Canada in 97 international outings. His son, Ty, now stars for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL and is a drafted prospect of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

While Ronning enters in the ‘Athlete’ category, Shick goes into the BC Sports Hall as a part of the ‘Builders’ category.

A 50-year-old product of Port Alberni, the now-retired on-ice official cut his teeth in the west as a part of the WHL Officiating Program from 1979-80 through 1983-84. Highlighting his major junior officiating career, Shick worked the 1983 Memorial Cup, which was hosted in Portland, Ore., before graduating on to the NHL ranks.

Over a 25-year NHL career, Shick worked 1,321 regular season games, the most of any BC-born official. He also skated in 130 NHL playoff games, including the 2001 Stanley Cup Final.

He was previously inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame (2011) after retiring as an NHL Official in 2009. He currently serves as an NHL Referee Supervisor.

Induction to the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievement in British Columbia’s athletic community in the categories of athlete, builder, team, pioneer and media. Since 1966, the BC Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 385 individuals and 60 teams.

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