Away from the arena, Rob Ray has a giant heart that he puts to work tirelessly on behalf of Childrenâ€™s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish program, and the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute. As acknowledgement for his efforts, he was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions to the community in 1999.
But somehow, when Ray laces up for a game of hockey, he is able to transform his beneficent self into an adversarial ball of flailing knuckles
Over his 14 seasons as a Sabres forward, Ray endeared himself with his fans and made plenty of enemies. He accomplished both by playing with great emotional intensity and a fearless commitment to enforcement. He has twice led the league in penalty minutes doled out for a single season. He is also the NHLâ€™s all-time penalty-minute leader with one team.