May 13, 2024 – The hockey world is mourning the loss of Ron Ellis, a revered figure in Canadian sports, who passed away recently on May 11. Ellis, celebrated for his dedication as a Toronto Maple Leaf and his remarkable contributions to Canada’s 1972 Summit Series team, also left a significant legacy in Brampton, where he was a long-time resident.

Ron Ellis, known for his role in securing the 1967 Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs, spent his entire 15-season career with the team, earning a reputation as a steadfast and skilled forward. Over his career, Ellis scored 332 goals and provided 308 assists across 1,034 NHL games, making him a four-time all-star and a beloved icon in the sport.

His lasting legacy with the Toronto Maple Leafs is showcased in the fact that no Leaf has worn No. 6 since Ron Ellis retired in 1981.

Ron Ellis in Brampton

Beyond the rink, Ellis was deeply connected to the Brampton community. “Ron was a long-time Brampton resident who once owned a sporting goods store in downtown Brampton. He left a proud legacy in Brampton and Canada,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. His involvement in the local community, particularly through his business and numerous charitable efforts, made him a local hero.

Ellis also served as an executive at the Hockey Hall of Fame, further cementing his influence and commitment to the sport. The impact of his passing is felt deeply across the hockey community, his family, and the countless fans and friends who admired him not only as a player but as a person.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Ron Ellis, as a director of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, holds the infamous puck used by Sidney Crosby to score the winning goal in the 20201 Olympic final. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The City of Brampton, along with the entire nation, remembers Ron Ellis not just for his on-ice achievements but for his enduring contribution to the fabric of the community. His legacy in Brampton and the broader Canadian sports landscape will be cherished for generations to come. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.