# 16 Daniel Ranalli - Centerman
1977 - Weston Hawks
1978/87 - Weston Rangers
1988/89 - CML Raiders
1990/96 - Fernview Rangers
Daniel Ranalli, who was often listed in the program at 5' 6"
tall and 155 pounds may have been considered by many sports purists as being
small in stature, however, the highly spirited and skilled two-way centerman
played large. He was the longest standing member of the Rangers Ball Hockey
Club, arguably the most established (1977 - 1996) and celebrated organization
in OBHA history, whose personal and team accomplishments at all levels of
competition are a testament to his commitment and dedication to the game
as a player throughout the years.
"The General", who was the captain and perennial leader
of the Rangers, is the M.T.B.H.L.'s all-time Leading Scorer and former League
MVP. The five-time League All-Star, who moved the ball with dexterity and
precision, amassed over 400 regular season points at the AAA level of competition
while capturing titles in three different OBHA leagues (MTBHL, TBHA and
NWTBHL) of play.
Daniel Ranalli played in his first Provincial Championship
in 1979 in Ottawa and later made his auspicious debut at the National Championships
as an associated player with the Midas Topguns in 1988 in Moncton, N.B.
where he acquired the first of many medals that would be proudly adorned
around his neck.. His ensuing experience and perseverance paid off as the
diminutive forward, who played an integral role on his team, achieved over
ten OBHA Tournament triumphs, two OBHA AAA Provincial and a 'Trifecta' of
CBHA National Championship Gold Medal victories during his tenured career.
Daniel Ranalli officially retired along with the storied Ranger
franchise in 1996. "The General", who was the recipient of the
prestigious 'Golden Jet' Award for a lifetime of excellence in the game,
capped off his illustrious 20 seasons of ball hockey that year by commandeering
Canada to the Gold Medal at the inaugural World Championships of Ball Hockey
in Bratislava, Slovakia as the coach of the team. The veteran of the game
is indeed one of the premier practitioners in the history of "Orange
Ball" in Ontario who has earned his rightful place in the OBHA
Players Hall of Fame.