Very few gentlemen in the Leafs' long history can stake their claim to as many accomplishments as Ron Ellis. Fresh off a Memorial Cup championship with the 1964 Toronto Marlboros, Ellis joined the three-time defending Stanley Cup champion Leafs in 1964-65 for his first full season in the NHL at age nineteen. He paid instant dividends by tying for the team-lead in goals with 23 and by placing fifth in team scoring with 39 points on the veteran-laden champs. Later, Ellis led the team with 22 regular season goals and seven game-winning goals as the Leafs captured the 1967 Stanley Cup.
Ellis is one of five Leafs to reach the celebrated 1,000 game plateau (1,034). The native of Lindsay, Ontario is sixth on the franchise's all- time points list with 640. His 332 career goals are only surpassed by Mats Sundin, Darryl Sittler and Dave Keon. He is fourth on the club's all-time list with 50 game-winning goals, 10th with 56 powerplay goals and 11th with 308 assists. The right-winger reached the 20- goal plateau 11 times and he topped 30 goals in 1969-70 and 1974- 75. Only Sundin recorded more 20-goals campaigns and no one has scored more goals at his position in Leafs history. George Armstrong is the only right-winger with more career games played and assists. Ellis played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1970.
No stranger to the NHL playoffs, Ellis recorded 18 goals in 70 contests and led the team three times in goals during the post-season. Leaf great Ace Bailey thought so highly of the dependable Ellis that he requested Ellis to wear his 'retired' number six. The number went out of circulation again when Ellis retired on January 14, 1981. Ellis spent his entire 16 year career with the Blue and White.
Ellis takes great pride in his playing role with Team Canada in 1972 against the Soviet Union in the Summit Series. He played his usual strong, consistent two-way game in all eight games of the historic series and the forward line of Ellis, Bobby Clarke and Paul Henderson was rated by most as the team's steadiest trio.