Ron Duguay | #10
Ron Duguay | #10
STATS & INFO
Born: July 6, 1957
Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, CAN
Draft: 1977 NYR, 1st rd, 13th pk (13th overall)
Debut: Oct. 12, 1977 (Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Awards: NHL All-Star Game — 1982
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most goals — 1981-82
Most playoff points — 1980, 1981
Most playoff goals — 1980, 1981 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1981
Most playoff penalty min. — 1982, 1983
From the moment he took the ice for his first Rangers game in October 1977, right wing Ron Duguay was a player fans couldn’t help but notice. Duguay’s striking good looks and flowing brown hair weren’t the only things that made him so popular. Rather, it was his intense and determined style of play, rooted in his love of old-time hockey, that drew most of the cheers at Madison Square Garden.
Selected with the Rangers’ second of two first-round picks in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, Duguay entered the NHL after a stellar four-year junior career with his hometown Sudbury Wolves. He quickly made an impression at the NHL level, too, scoring 20 goals as a rookie and boosting his total to 27 and 28 in the next two seasons. After a sub par, injury-plagued season in 1980-81, Duguay was fortunate to be named to Team Canada for the 1981 Canada Cup tournament. That international experience seemed to boost his confidence, and the following year he fired home a career-high 40 goals and made the 1982 NHL All-Star Game.
In addition to his on-ice success, Duguay became a major celebrity in the New York area during the early 1980s. He appeared in television commercials for Sasson jeans and was well known even to New Yorkers who didn’t see themselves as hockey fans. It was hardly a fleeting celebrity, since years after he retired from the NHL, Duguay continued to be recognized whenever he visited the New York area. Traded to Detroit in 1983, Duguay returned to the Rangers in 1986 for another 82 games with the team. After his retirement, he got into coaching and eventually moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he helped grow hockey’s popularity as head coach of a local minor-league team.