Ray Miron, the co-founder of the Central Hockey League for its second iteration in 1992, has passed away.
Miron had quite a career in hockey, playing in the minor leagues in Canada until World War II. While working at a plant in Canada during the war, he was injured in a mustard gas accident. He suffered severe burns in the incident.
After the war and his recovery, he continued his career in hockey, joining the Cornwall Falcons and leading them the finals in the 1950-51 season. Miron also served as an executive in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization from 1964-76 and managed the Leafs’ affiliates in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He went from the front office to behind the bench, coaching the Tulsa Oilers and Oklahoma City Blazers from 1973-76. He had a 93-98-35 record and did not win a championship.
Miron went from behind the bench into the CHL front office, serving as league president for three weeks during August 1976, succeeding Max McNab, who became general manager of the Washington Capitals. Miron then became president of the NHL’s Colorado Rockies, where he worked with hockey legend Don Cherry. The Rockies folded in 1982.
From there, Miron served as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League in 1983.
Miron, along with the efforts of the late Bill Levins, revived the Central Hockey League in 1992 after an eight year slumber. He and Levins had the concept of central ownership of the league and teams. The revived CHL had six teams in 1992, until expanding to 10 prior to the 1996 season, after the Southern Hockey League folded. Miron served as the league’s president for five seasons, until he retired in 1997.
In 2004, he received the NHL’s Lester Patrick award for his service to the game of hockey in the United States.
Ray Miron was 92 years old.