Paul Ranger

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Paul Ranger
Paul Ranger Marlies.jpg
Born (1984-09-12) September 12, 1984 (age 29)
Whitby, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 183rd overall, 2002
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2004–present

Paul Ranger (born September 12, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has spent the majority of his professional career with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League before leaving the sport at the professional level for almost three years due to unspecified personal reasons. Ranger returned to professional hockey at the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies during the 2012–13 season, and subsequently signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs on July 24, 2013 to return to the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Ranger played his junior career with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 183rd overall in 2002, he played 2 more seasons with the Generals before signing with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL for the 2004–05 NHL lockout. After the lockout, he played 76 games with the Lightning, scoring 18 points.

In October 2009, Ranger approached Lightning team personnel before practice and requested a leave of absence without pay, which the team agreed to.[1] During his time away from professional hockey, he attended the University of Ottawa and coached bantam hockey in his hometown. Two of the players he coached were the sons of David Branch, commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League.[1] On August 21, 2012, after almost three seasons removed from competitive hockey, Ranger signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.[2] His agent approached the team to inquire about his return to the NHL. Even after his return, Ranger has declined to talk about the specific details about why he chose to return to professional hockey.[1] After a successful return to professional hockey with the Marlies, Ranger signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2013–14 season.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Oshawa Generals OHL 32 0 1 1 2
2001–02 Oshawa Generals OHL 62 0 9 9 49 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Oshawa Generals OHL 68 10 28 38 70 13 0 3 3 10
2003–04 Oshawa Generals OHL 62 12 31 43 72 7 0 1 1 10
2004–05 Springfield Falcons AHL 69 3 8 11 46  —
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 1 2 3 0
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 76 1 17 18 58 5 2 4 6 0
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 72 4 24 28 42 6 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 72 10 21 31 56
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 42 2 11 13 56
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 8 1 1 2 6
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 51 8 17 25 54 9 2 2 4 14
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 6 8 14 36
NHL totals 323 24 82 106 254 11 2 5 7 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Arthur, Bruce (2013-11-09). "Toronto Maple Leafs' Paul Ranger Couldn't Be Happier With Shot At Return to NHL". The National Post. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Brophy on Leafs: Ranger returns from hiatus". Sportsnet.ca. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Ranger to one-year deal". NHL.com. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 

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