There are many legends within the history books of British Ice Hockey, both home grown and imports. In this addition of the Chasing the Puck: Legends Series I take a look at the career of the Fife Flyers Legend, Ron Plumb.
Plumb’s junior years were spent defending the blue line for the Peterborough Petes, who competed in the then Ontorio Hockey Association – Junior League (OHA-JR) which would become branded in the future as we know it today, the OHL.
Spending a total 3 seasons between 1967 – 1970 with the Petes, icing in 175 games and collecting 91 overall points. His most offensive season came in his final year where he netted 18 goals and gained 32 assists also bagging himself the Max Kaminsky Trophy.
The 1970-71 season would see Plumb take the next step in his hockey career when he made the jump to the semi-pro’s after being drafted 9th overall in Round 1 of the NHL amateur draft by the Boston Bruins and joined up with their affiliate Oklahoma City Blazers in the Central Hockey League, spending two seasons with the CHL Blazers he would collect himself 77 points overall.
The 1972-73 season would see Ron swap the Oklahoma City Blazers for the Philadelphia Blazers making his professional hockey debut in the process as he jumped ship to the rival league of the NHL, the WHA, World Hockey Association.
Plumb would spend two seasons with the Blazer organisation before being traded to begin the 74 – 75 season with the San Diego Mariners. He would spend 4 more seasons in the WHA with the league ceasing at the end of the 78-79 season whom Plumb was currently with the New England Whalers.
With the fall of the WHA, the NHL absorbed the New England Whalers, along with a few other teams. In the NHL, the organisation would find its own home rather than play its home games out the Boston Garden with a relocation to Hartford.
Plumb would get his ticket into the NHL but would not start the Whalers inaugral campaign in the League. He would first see action with their AHL affiliates the Springfield Indians. However, he would be called up to the main squad in which he iced in 26 games for the Whalers and netting 3 goals during this time.
Plumb wouldn’t see anymore action in the NHL and would spend the next three seasons with the Indians before electing to go in to free agency at the end of the 81-82 season which would see him make the jump over to Europe. There he played with EHC Freiburg II of the Germany 2.Bundesliga for the 82-83 season.
After spending the one season in Germany, he would sign with the Fife Flyers competing in the British Hockey League for the 84-85 season and would return for the 85-86 season and eventually ending his playing career with the Kirkcaldy club.
During the span of his career as a defence-man he iced in 1286 games, netted 200 goals and 679 assists and will forever be cult hero in the Fife Flyers history books.