Ron Grahame

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Ron Grahame
Born (1950-06-07) June 7, 1950 (age 64)
Victoria, BC, CAN
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 1973–1981

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.

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[edit]

Currently, Ron Grahame is employed as Associate 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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notable families in the NHL

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Doug Palazzari
WCHA Player of the Year
1972–73
Succeeded by
Doug Palazzari