Paul Ranheim

Paul Stephen Ranheim (born January 25, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey forward who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes. He was a second round selection, 38th overall, at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and played 1,013 games between 1988 and 2003. Internationally, he played with Team USA; He played in three World Championships and was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Paul Ranheim
Born (1966-01-25) January 25, 1966 (age 55)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for Calgary Flames
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  United States
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1984
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1988–2003

Ranheim is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers ice hockey program where he played four seasons between 1984 and 1988 and graduated as one of the school's all-time leading scorers. He was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American in his senior year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. In his first professional season, 1988–89 with Calgary's International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Ranheim's 68 goals was the fourth-highest total in all of professional hockey that season and earned him the Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's rookie of the year.

Playing careerEdit


Ranheim was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Minnesota. He played his high school hockey in Edina, where he captained his team to a state championship in 1983–84 and was named to Minnesota's All-State Team.[1][2] The Calgary Flames selected him in the second round, 38th overall, at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft,[3] though Ranhiem opted to play college hockey with the Wisconsin Badgers prior to turning professional.[4] Following a 22-point season in his freshman year of 1984–85,[5] Ranheim won the Badgers' Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player Award as the team's most improved player in 1985–86 after scoring 17 goals and recording 17 assists in 34 games.[6] He also played with the United States junior team at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where his six goals and three assists helped the Americans win the bronze medal, the first podium finish for the country in World Junior history.[5][7]

A 57-point season in 1986–87 earned Ranheim honors as he was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Second All-Star Team and to the conference All-Academic Team.[8] He was also named to the preliminary roster of the American entry for the 1988 Winter Olympics.[9] However he failed to make the team, and after contemplating turning professional with the Flames, elected to return to Wisconsin for his senior season in 1987–88.[10] Ranheim shared the team's captaincy with Steve Tuttle,[11] and his 36 goals led the team.[2] He was named a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American and was placed on the WCHA's All-Tournament Team. Additionally, Ranheim was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (won by Robb Stauber[12]) as the top college player in the NCAA.[8] Ranheim graduated from Wisconsin having scored 177 points in 161 games, at the time the ninth best total in school history.[13]


Upon turning professional in 1988–89, Ranhiem was assigned by the Flames to their International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.[1] He spent the majority of the season in Salt Lake, but appeared in five games for the Flames, including his NHL debut on December 29, 1988, against the Montreal Canadiens.[8] With the Golden Eagles, Ranheim's 68 goals led the league in scoring, set a franchise record, and was the fourth highest total in all of professional hockey.[2] He was named to the IHL Second All-Star Team and was voted the recipient of the Ken McKenzie Trophy as the U.S. born rookie of the year and the Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy as overall rookie of the year.[1]

Joining the Flames full-time in 1989–90, Ranheim appeared in all 80 games and scored 26 goals and 54 points.[5] His first NHL goal, and points, came on October 5, 1989, when he scored and recorded two assists against goaltender Glen Hanlon of the Detroit Red Wings.[8] Ranheim was also involved in an NHL record-tying performance on October 17. After Doug Gilmour scored at 19:45 of the third period against the Quebec Nordiques, Ranehim added a goal of his own at 19:49. The goals, both scored short-handed, elevated the Flames into an 8–8 tie.[14] At four seconds apart, Gilmour and Ranheim tied the NHL record (since broken) for fastest two goals by one team, and set the record for fastest two shorthanded goals.[15] Ranheim made his debut with Team USA following the NHL season at the 1990 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[16] He scored four goals in seven games for the fourth place Americans.[5]

Ranheim was among the team's leading scorers early in the 1990–91 season when he suffered a broken ankle during a game against the Minnesota North Stars on December 11, 1990, after slipping then being hit by Minnesota's Chris Dahlquist.[17] He missed 42 games; in 39 games played, Ranehim recorded 30 points and was called for only two minor penalties.[8] Healthy throughout the 1991–92 season, Ranehim finished third on the Flames with 23 goals.[18] He made his second senior international appearance, at the 1992 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, where he had two goals and an assist in six games.[5]

A 21-goal season followed in 1992–93,[1] however head coach Dave King began to convert Raneheim into a defensive forward.[19] Trying to defend against the opposition's top players, he lost confidence in his own offensive game.[20] Ranheim had only 24 points in 66 games when the Flames, struggling to win games and wanting to improve their defence, made a trade. He was sent, along with Gary Suter and Ted Drury, to the Hartford Whalers on March 10, 1994, in exchange for Michael Nylander, Zarley Zalapski and James Patrick.[21] Though he was expected to provide an offensive boost to the Whalers, Ranheim's lack of confidence continued to affect him, and he recorded only three assists in 15 games to end the season.[20]

Despite his early hopes of improving his offense in 1994–95,[20] his role continued to become increasingly defensive and focused on penalty killing over time.[4] He finished the lockout-shortened season with six goals and 20 points in 47 games, then scored 30 and 21 points in the following two seasons.[5] He made his third appearance with Team USA at the 1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships where he scored two goals in eight games.[16] The Whalers franchise relocated, and Ranheim with it, to become the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997–98. He recorded 14 points, but his value as a defensive specialist earned him a contract extension from the Hurricanes.[22]

Following two additional seasons in Carolina, the Hurricanes dealt Ranheim to the Philadelphia Flyers on May 31, 2000, in exchange for an eighth-round selection at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He played two and a half seasons with the Flyers where he was regarded as "an ultimate team-oriented player".[23] His best season in Philadelphia came in his first year, 2000–01, when he scored 10 goals and 17 points.[5] Midway through the 2002–03 season, the 15-year veteran was again traded. The Flyers sent Ranheim to the Phoenix Coyotes on December 18, 2002, in exchange for a conditional selection at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.[24] He reached a career milestone late in the season as he played his 1,000th career game on March 6, 2003, against the St. Louis Blues.[25] He announced his retirement as a player following the season.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Ranheim has two daughters.[26] He originally settled in Arizona following his retirement.[26] Ranheim got into real estate and home building.[27] He left that industry when the economy faltered and embarked on several new ventures. He helped found a technology company called Keyware that creates internet monitoring software then tried marketing a brand of hockey jerseys. He ultimately moved to his hometown of Edina, Minnesota, where Ranheim took up coaching at a local high school and took up a career remodeling community rinks with the goal of starting a home remodeling company.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Edina High School HS-MN 26 12 25 37 4
1983–84 Edina High School HS-MN 26 16 24 40 6
1984–85 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 42 11 11 22 40
1985–86 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 33 17 17 34 34
1986–87 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 42 24 35 59 54
1987–88 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 44 36 26 62 63
1988–89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 75 68 29 97 16 14 5 5 10 8
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1989–90 Calgary Flames NHL 80 26 28 54 23 6 1 3 4 2
1990–91 Calgary Flames NHL 39 14 16 30 4 7 2 2 4 0
1991–92 Calgary Flames NHL 80 23 20 43 32
1992–93 Calgary Flames NHL 83 21 22 43 26 6 0 1 1 0
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 67 10 14 24 20
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 15 0 3 3 2
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 6 14 20 10
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 73 10 20 30 14
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 10 11 21 18
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 5 9 14 28
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 9 10 19 39 6 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 9 13 22 6
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 10 7 17 14 6 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 5 4 9 36 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 0 4 4 6
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 40 3 4 7 10
NHL totals 1013 161 199 360 288 36 3 8 11 6


Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
1986 United States WJC 7 6 3 9 8
1990 United States WC 9 4 0 4 6
1992 United States WC 6 2 1 3 2
1997 United States WC 8 2 0 2 2
Senior totals 23 8 1 9 10

Awards and honorsEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
  1986 Canada
Award Year Ref.
Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player Award
Wisconsin team award
1985–86 [6]
WCHA Second Team All-Star 1986–87 [28]
WCHA All-Academic Team 1986–87 [8]
WCHA First All-Star Team 1987–88 [28]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1987–88 [28]
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1988 [29]
International Hockey League
Award Year Ref.
Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy
Rookie of the year
1988–89 [1]
Ken McKenzie Trophy
American-born rookie of the year
1988–89 [1]
Second-team All-Star 1988–89 [1]


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