Punch Imlach was hired to run the Leafs for the 1979–80 season and didn't feel that Ellis was worth the money he was being paid. He offered to buy out Ellis's contract at the end of the season, but the two couldn't reach an agreement. Despite objections from new coach Mike Nykoluk, Imlach put Ellis on waivers during the 1980–81 season and gave him an ultimatum: retire or be sent to the minor leagues. The 36-year-old Ellis chose to retire. He had played 1,034 career NHL games scoring 332 goals and 308 assists for 640 points.
After his life in hockey, Ellis opened a sporting goods store but the stresses of life after hockey took its toll. In 1986 a bout with clinical depression began. He would later go public with his story by writing a book with Kevin Shea titled Over The Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, published in 2002. Today, he is a speaker on the importance of diagnosing and treating clinical depression. As of 2006, Ellis is director of public affairs for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
|1963–64||Toronto Maple Leafs||1||0||0||0||0|
|1964–65||Toronto Maple Leafs||62||23||16||39||14|
|1965–66||Toronto Maple Leafs||70||19||23||42||24|
|1966–67||Toronto Maple Leafs||67||22||23||45||14|
|1967–68||Toronto Maple Leafs||74||28||20||48||8|
|1968–69||Toronto Maple Leafs||72||25||21||46||12|
|1969–70||Toronto Maple Leafs||76||35||19||54||14|
|1970–71||Toronto Maple Leafs||78||24||29||53||10|
|1971–72||Toronto Maple Leafs||78||23||24||47||17|
|1972–73||Toronto Maple Leafs||78||22||29||51||22|
|1973–74||Toronto Maple Leafs||70||23||25||48||12|
|1974–75||Toronto Maple Leafs||79||32||29||61||25|
|1975–76||Retired from active playing|
|1976–77||Retired from active playing|
|1977–78||Toronto Maple Leafs||80||26||24||50||17|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||16||12||28||10|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||59||12||11||23||6|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||27||2||3||5||2|
|NHL||Regular Season Totals||1034||332||308||640||207|
Ron Ellis Headlines Inaugural 3-on-3 Street Hockey Tournament at Downsview Park's 5th Annual Winter Festival-Love Winter 2005
Feb 18, 2005; TORONTO, ONTARIOCCNMatthews - Feb. 18, 2005) - The Honourable Ken Dryden Minister of Social Development local Downsview Park MP...
Gritty City Setting for Ron's Ace in a Hole; Philip Key Digs out His Trenchcoat - to Match His Usual Trilby - and Takes to the Mean Streets to Meet Author Ron Ellis
Dec 20, 2002; Byline: Philip Key It WAS a dark and windy night with rain lashing the window-panes in Hanover Street, Liverpool. I pushed on a...