The Vancouver Giants are very pleased to announce that recently graduated forward Ty Ronning (Burnaby, B.C.) has been named Western Conference Humanitarian of the Year. On May 2nd in Red Deer, AB he’ll look to capture the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Humanitarian of the Year. He’s up against Regina Pats forward Matt Bradley.
After establishing a new franchise record of 61 goals during the 2017-18 season, Ty Ronning’s historic WHL career came to an end last Tuesday in Victoria. Last weekend Ronning joined the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League and will be back in action Friday night at 4:15 PM (PT) against the Binghamton Senators.
His impact within the Vancouver Giants organization will continue to be felt for many years to come thanks to his exemplary work within the community.
Per the Western Hockey League:
The on-ice contributions of Ty Ronning to the success of the Vancouver Giants has been measured in goals, assists, points, and wins, but when it comes to his contributions off the ice, Ronning’s contributions are measured in the number of smiling faces from young fans.
His desire to spread kindness and do good for others has forever etched the overage forward as a fan and community favourite with the Giants organization.
Ronning has volunteered his time at the Vancouver Giants Hockey School and the team’s Read to Succeed Initiative. Additionally, Ronning spent extra time on the ice at the team’s Family Day skate in an effort to leave a positive impact on his community. In classrooms regularly, Ronning took time out of his schedule to speak with students at Our Lady of Sorrows School and St. Helens Elementary School, discussing the importance of perseverance and strong work ethic.
Ronning’s positive contributions to the community can be exhibited in two cases. Earlier this season, he received a letter from a fan in Burnaby, B.C. Instead of simply writing back, Ronning personally delivered a Giants’ jacket to the young fan’s house.
The New York Rangers prospect also developed a friendship with another Giants fan. As the former high school classmates continued to reconnect, Ronning welcomed the fan as a guest at Giants games throughout the season. The efforts and generosity from Ronning has served to further engrain a love for hockey within this fan.
Ronning’s continued commitment to fans of all ages and his uplifting approach to the surrounding community has established a culture of positivity on and off the ice within the Giants’ organization.