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Ronning Not Focused on Numbers During 10-Game Goal Streak

Rangers Prospect Has Sights Set on Playoffs With Vancouver of WHL

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Ty Ronning has 13 goals during his current 10-game goal streak that's given him 23 total in 23 games thus far with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. 

He's two shy of his total from a year ago with 45 games to spare. He's leading his team with 34 points and is a plus-player for the first time in his junior career. 

But he's not interested in personal achievements.

"I haven't really been focusing on it to be honest," Ronning told NYRangers.com in a phone interview Sunday. "I've been focusing on trying to win games and play the right way. 

"The puck is following me," he added. "I'm playing with passion and a love of the game and enjoying it."

The 20-year-old is two years removed from a 31-goal campaign in 2015-16, but took a minor step back a year ago with 25 in 68 contests a year ago. Ronning said he's just doing what he's always done.

"I always had a knack for the net," he said. "Whether it's finding rebounds or shooting the puck, they've been going in for me. I've just been fortunate for it to be going the right way for me. I'm loving the game right now."

Rangers Amateur Scout Kim Gellert marveled at Ronning's work ethic, which in turn creates opportunities for both Ronning and his linemates nearly every shift he's on the ice for.

"He seems to make things happen offensively every time he's on the ice," Gellert said of Ronning. "He is relentless, hunting the puck and forcing turnovers in the offensive zone." 

The 2016 seventh round pick appeared in 12 games at the end of last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, where he scored twice and added three assists. 

But the Rangers' front office felt he was not ready to make the jump to the pros this year and opted instead to send Ronning back to Vancouver for another year of seasoning. Ronning said it's all part of the process, and it's one he trusts.

"The tournament in Traverse City, I felt comfortable and played hard there. Playing in Hartford, I felt comfortable in that league. I felt I was doing well," he said. "[Hartford has] a strong team right now and it looks like they've been winning some games. It was based on management's decision. That's their choice. 

"Maybe it's not yet time for me," he added. "My time will come. I've got to trust the process and believe in the process. That's what I've been doing."

The year in Vancouver has allowed Ronning to round out his game in a way he may not have been able to do as a young player in Hartford. He's killing penalties and playing in defensive situations while also being leaned on for offense.

For now, Ronning is just enjoying the way he and his team have performed out of the gate. The Giants are in the thick of things in the WHL's Western Conference at 10-9-1, good enough for sixth.
Now in his fifth season in Vancouver, Ronning said his only goal is to play playoff hockey, of which he's appeared in just two games as the Giants have struggled during Ronning's tenure.

"I've been with the team for five years now. I think I'm the longest active Giant. It makes me feel old because time flew by so fast," he said with a laugh. "You think back on some great memories and you think of how those teams were and how they are now. 

"Hockey is fun when things are going well for you, but it's even more fun when you're winning," he said. "I just try to contribute in any way possible."

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