Ron and his wife, Hayley, have three children: Alexa, Jaxon and Melana… They spend their summers in the Northeast and have two dogs… Ron started playing hockey at age 3 and his first youth team was in the Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization… His parents were the biggest influence on his career… He was a fan of the Hartford Whalers growing up and his favorite players were Ray Bourque and Brian Leetch… His favorite television shows are The Newsroom and Ray Donovan and his favorite movie is Goodfellas… Ron’s first job was in construction… His favorite musical artists are Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen… He eats the same meal every game day: salad, pasta and chicken… His favorite thing to do away from the rink is golf and his favorite team outside of hockey is the New York Yankees… His favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden.
Completed his 12th NHL season and second with Carolina… Totaled two goals and eight assists (10 points) in 81 games played… Led the team with 120 blocked shots… Ranked fourth among defensemen with 110 hits… Ranked third on the team in time on ice per game (21:05)… Recorded his first point of the season with an assist and was (+2) at CBJ (11/4)… Skated in his 100th Hurricanes game at LA (11/20)… Recorded an assist vs. NJ (12/8)… Appeared in his 700th NHL game at TB (12/11)… Earned an assist and was (+1) in 20:17 of ice time vs. TOR (12/18)… Scored a goal and skated a season-high 28:00 at NJ (12/23)… Was a season-high (+3) in 26:07 of ice time at STL (1/10)… Matched his season high with a (+3) at TOR (1/19)… Scored a goal and was (+1) in 26:11 of ice time at CBJ (3/15)…Was a healthy extra for: 1 game.
Is in his 13th NHL season and third with the Hurricanes… Signed a two-year contract with Carolina on 6/24/14… Has represented the United States at four international tournaments: the 2009 IIHF World Championship, 2000 and 2001 World Junior Championships and 1999 Under-18 World Junior Championships.
1997-99: Earned 45 points (11g, 34a) in 114 games during two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP).
1999-00: Completed his freshman season with UMass-Lowell… Was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after totaling 11 points (3g, 8a) in 30 games.
2000-01: Tallied 36 points (10g, 26a) in 33 games during his sophomore campaign with UMass-Lowell… Led all Hockey East defensemen and ranked in the top five among all NCAA defensemen in scoring… Named an NCAA Second Team All-American and Hockey East First All-Star… Completed his collegiate career with 47 points (13g, 34a) in 63 career games… Made his professional debut, playing in four games with the American Hockey League’s Quebec Citadelles, and netting his first professional goal.
2001-02: Totaled 31 points (7g, 24a) in 63 games during his first full professional season with Quebec (AHL)… Played for PlanetUSA at the AHL All-Star Classic, recording three assists during the game… Selected to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.
2002-03: Appeared in his first NHL season, registering two penalty minutes in 21 games with Montreal… Made his NHL debut at NYR (10/11)… Finished the season with Hamilton (AHL), totaling 13 points (2g, 11a) in 33 games… Had 11 points (1g, 10a) in 23 post-season contests with the Bulldogs, as Hamilton advanced to the Calder Cup Final before falling to Houston.
2003-04: Appeared in 11 NHL games with Montreal, earning two points (1g, 1a)… Beat Patrick Lalime for his first career NHL goal vs. OTT (10/9)… Earned his first NHL assist vs. CBJ (11/11)… Also played 54 games with Hamilton (AHL), earning 31 points (7g, 24a).
2004-05: Saw action in 68 games with Hamilton (AHL), recording 23 points (9g, 14a) and 51 penalty minutes… Appeared in his 200th career AHL game vs. Manitoba (2/26).
2005-06: Split the season between Hamilton (AHL) and Columbus (NHL)… Began the season with Hamilton, totaling 17 points (3g, 14a) in 22 games… Earned his 100th career AHL point in his first game of the season (10/14)… Claimed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on 11/29 and totaled 17 points (2g, 15a) in 55 games with the Blue Jackets… Earned his first point with Columbus at STL (12/1)… Had his first-career multiple-point game with two assists vs. CHI (12/26)… Scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket vs. MIN (1/27).
2006-07: Set his single-season, career high in goals (9), appearing in 80 games with the Blue Jackets… Led team defensemen in points, was second on the team in power-play goals (7) and ranked third in time on ice (22:53)… His 34 points ranked as the second-highest total by a defenseman in Blue Jackets history… Had a career-high 17 penalty minutes vs. ANA (4/7).
2007-08: Earned 32 points (8g, 24a) in 78 games with Columbus… Led team defensemen in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (8)… Ranked tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in power-play goals… Was fourth among all Blue Jackets skaters in assists and points… Was second on the team in power-play goals and average time on ice (22:23)… Established career-highs in power-play goals and shots on goal (161)… Tallied the 50th assist of his NHL career vs. FLA (11/21)… Had a career-high, six-game point streak from 11/16-11/26 (1g, 6a), which also included a career-high, five-game assist streak (11/16-11/24: 6a)… Appeared in his 200th NHL game, vs. LA (12/21).
2008-09: Established career highs in assists (33) and points (39) in 81 games during his first season with the Atlanta Thrashers… Led Thrashers defensemen in points and assists, and ranked second in goals… Recorded two points (1g, 1a) and led the team with 23:53 of ice time in his Atlanta debut vs. WSH (10/10)… Scored a career-high two goals and matched his career high with three points, including his 100th NHL point, at MTL (12/2)… Appeared in his 300th career game at TB (2/10).
2009-10: Ranked third among Thrashers defensemen with 26 points (5g, 21a) in 80 games played… Was also third among team blueliners in assists… Led Atlanta with 148 blocked shots… Earned the 100th assist of his career vs. WSH (10/29)… Appeared in his 400th career NHL game, vs. NYR (3/12)… Earned eight points (2g, 6a) over an eight-game stretch from 3/12-3/25… Matched his career high with three points (1g, 2a) at PHI (3/21)… Skated a career-high 30:19 of ice time at PIT (4/3).
2010-11: Led Atlanta and ranked tied for 10th in the NHL with 171 blocked shots, appearing in 81 games for the Thrashers… Recorded his first point of the season (assist) in 6-4 victory at NYR (10/27)… Scored his first goal of the season, added an assist and was (+4) vs. NJ (12/18)… Scored his first career overtime, game-winning goal vs. TOR (2/27), and found the net again in overtime at PHI (3/12).
2011-12: Tallied 10 points (10a) in 56 games for the Winnipeg Jets… Made his Jets debut vs. MTL (10/9)… Recorded two assists and led Jets in ice time (22:50) at CHI (10/13)… Did not dress at TOR (10/19), ending his games-played streak at a career-high 157 games… Returned from injury and logged 23:34 of ice time at WSH (11/23)… Played in his 500th NHL game at COL (12/27).
2012-13: Totaled 13 assists in 47 games for the Winnipeg Jets… Led Winnipeg skaters in blocked shots (123) and ranked second among team defensemen in assists… Appeared in his 300th game with the Jets franchise vs. OTT (1/19).
2013-14: Was one of two Hurricanes to play in all 82 games… Ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 124… Was third on the team in time on ice per game (21:26)… Made his Hurricanes debut vs. DET (10/4)… Scored his first Hurricanes goal and first goal since March 12, 2011, a span of 122 games, vs. CHI (10/15)… Earned his 200th NHL point at NSH (12/5).