Ronning, a 5-foot-8 center, didn't let his lack of size deter him from becoming one of the NHL's best playmakers and most consistent scorers in the 1990s and early 2000s. Though the native of Burnaby, British Columbia never reached the 30-goal mark, he scored at least 20 goals eight times, had seven seasons with at least 40 assists and 11 seasons with at least 50 points.
Although Ronning scored 151 and 136 points in back-to-back seasons with New Westminster of the Western Hockey League, NHL teams hesitated to draft him because of his size. The St. Louis Blues were able to wait until the seventh round (No. 134) of the 1984 NHL Draft to select Ronning; they sent him back to New Westminster, where he scored 89 goals and led the WHL with 197 points.