Ron Grahame

Ronald Ian Grahame (born June 7, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association.

Ron Grahame
Born (1950-06-07) June 7, 1950
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for WHA
Houston Aeros
NHL
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Quebec Nordiques
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19731981

After a collegiate career with the University of Denver during which he was named a First Team All-American, Grahame was signed by the Houston Aeros of the WHA. He played a season for the minor league Macon Whoopees in 1973 before coming up to the Aeros at the end of the season. In the 1974–75 season he made the Aeros for good, leading the WHA in wins, shutouts and goals against average and backstopping the club to the AVCO World Trophy, winning both the Ben Hatskin Trophy for best goaltender, First Team All-Star accolades and the WHA Playoff MVP. His following two seasons saw an equal degree of success, including a Second Team All-Star berth in 1976 and a second Hatskin award in 1977.

However, the Aeros folded after the 1977 season, and Grahame signed with the NHL's Boston Bruins for the 1977–78 NHL season. He continued his starring play, having a fine season as the Bruins' number one goaltender. After that season, however, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a first round draft pick in the 1979 draft (which turned into Ray Bourque), and played poorly thereafter. He served with the Kings for three seasons before being sold to the Quebec Nordiques in December, 1980. He played eight games for the Nordiques before being sent down to the minors for the remainder of the season, after which he retired.

Today

Currently, Ron Grahame is employed as athletic director at The University of Denver, where he works with the hockey team. He also continues to conduct goalie clinics for ice hockey and inline hockey goaltenders

2007 - Ron Grahame begins his second year as Senior Associate Athletics Director, and his 14th year as an administrator at the University of Denver. He is responsible for the overall supervision of all 17 varsity sport programs at Denver.

Grahame graduated from the University of Denver in 1973 with a B.A. in physical education and was one of the most successful hockey players in school history. After eight years in professional hockey as a member of the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Houston Aeros and Quebec Nordiques, he returned to Denver as an assistant coach from 1982–1989.

Ron and his wife Charlotte have two sons, John, an NHL goaltender who won the 2004 Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Jason, who graduated from the University of Denver in 2003 and now lives in Vancouver. Ron and Charlotte reside in Denver. Charlotte and John are the only mother/son combination to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup (Charlotte was a member of the Colorado Avalanche executive management during their 2001 Stanley Cup season).

Awards and honours

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1972–73 [1]
AHCA West All-American 1972–73 [2]
World Hockey Association Hall of Fame - Inaugural member 2010 [3]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1967–68 Victoria Cougars BCHL
1968–69 Victoria Cougars BCHL 23 2380 73 0 3.17
1969–70 University of Denver WCHA 30 19 10 1 1800 103 1 3.43 .883
1970–71 University of Denver WCHA 17 9 7 1 1020 70 1 4.12
1971–72 University of Denver WCHA 37 26 11 0 2200 132 0 3.60 .894
1972–73 University of Denver WCHA 35 27 7 1 2094 102 2 2.92 .921
1973–74 Houston Aeros WHA 4 3 0 1 250 5 1 1.20 .959
1973–74 Macon Whoopees SHL 46 2588 178 0 4.13 .887
1974–75 Houston Aeros WHA 43 33 10 0 2590 131 4 3.03 .900 13 12 1 780 26 3 2.00 .941
1975–76 Houston Aeros WHA 57 39 17 0 3343 182 3 3.27 .896 14 6 8 817 54 1 3.97
1976–77 Houston Aeros WHA 39 20 17 2 3345 107 4 2.74 .901 9 4 5 561 36 0 3.85 .864
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 40 26 6 7 2328 107 3 2.76 .874 4 2 1 202 7 0 2.08 .894
1978–79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 34 11 19 2 1935 136 0 4.22 .862
1979–80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 9 11 4 1406 98 2 4.18 .875
1980–81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 3 2 1 360 28 0 4.67 .859
1980–81 Québec Nordiques NHL 8 1 5 1 437 40 0 5.49 .832
1980–81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 30 12 6 2 1240 72 0 3.48 .878 5 289 22 0 4.57
WHA totals 143 102 37 3 8528 425 12 2.99 .900 36 22 14 2158 116 4 3.23
NHL totals 114 50 43 15 6457 409 5 3.80 .866 4 2 1 202 7 0 2.08 .894

See also

References

  1. "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  3. WHA Hall of Fame Members
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Doug Palazzari
WCHA Player of the Year
1972–73
Succeeded by
Doug Palazzari
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