Prospect Park: Sometimes It Is More Than The Stats

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

If you follow me either on Facebook or Twitter then you saw the news that Ty Ronning was named the WHL’s Humanitarian of the year.. I won’t pretend to be unbiased here as Ty totally deserved the award. Part of why I openly rooted for him to get a New York Rangers contract was the person away from the ice.

“It’s a huge honor to receive this award and to be recognized for all of the positive things that the Vancouver Giants have done in the community over the years,” said Ty Ronning.
“Receiving this award is right up there for me with being drafted to the NHL. I’ve always tried to be the best person I could possibly be and whether it was signing an autograph,
visiting classrooms and hospitals or just having a good conversation with our fans – To be nominated and to have receive this award is awesome.”

Having watched Ty for the last two years, I know what he said was from the heart. Ty plays in his hometown of Vancouver BC, the son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning. Try to imagine the microscope that Ty is constantly under being who he is.

We tend to forget that those who played junior hockey are still teenage boys. Teenage boys tend to make teenage mistakes but not this kid. And sure some of the credit for who Ty is goes to his parents.

I freely admit that I don’t believe in analytics mainly because what they can’t measure. Analytics do not measure the heart of a prospect, they do not measure his character or desire. I am sure that some will argue with me over this but that is OK.

And it would be wrong to not acknowledge that off-ice behavior plays a role in how the Rangers draft. Ty Ronning is in many ways typical of the kind of prospects the Rangers have drafted. Over the years I have seen prospects be “Big Brothers”, work in animal shelters, visit hospitals and more.

None ever did it because they had to, they always did it because they wanted to.

Like the title says “Sometimes it is more than the stats”

Ty Ronning’s earning of this award makes his the WHL’s nominee for the CHL Humanitarian of the Year. That award is given out during the Memorial Cup.