Stanley Cup winner Ron Ellis was a fantastic player and a member of the Hall of Fame.

In addition to being a key member of Team Canada in 1972, the former Leaf, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 79, was also a trailblazer in the field of mental health.

It’s a feat in and of itself to play more than 1,000 games in a career with one team. That’s loyalty, to have done it for a squad that was frequently the definition of dysfunction.

Ron Ellis passed away on Saturday, aged 79. In addition to winning a Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967, he played a crucial role on Team Canada in 1972 as a linemate alongside Paul Henderson and Bobby Clarke.

Perhaps the most significant contribution he made was when he revealed that he had battled depression, partly brought on by the concussions he sustained while playing. That sparked discussion and fostered a dialogue about a topic that carried a great deal of stigma.

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