Paul Stephen Ranheim was born on January 25, 1966 in St. Louis.
He was a professional hockey forward who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes.
He was a second round selection, 38th overall, at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and played 1,013 games between 1988 and 2003.
Internationally, he played with Team USA; He played in three World Championships and was a member of the bronze-medal winning squad at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Ranheim is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers ice hockey program where he played four seasons between 1984 and 1998 and graduated as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers. He was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American in his senior year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
In his first professional season, 1988–89 with Calgary’s International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Ranheim’s 68 goals was the fourth-highest total in all of professional hockey that season and earned him the Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL’s rookie of the year.