Ronald Paul Isaac Talakoski (June 1, 1962 – July 6, 2009[1]) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played nine games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers between 1986 and 1988.[2]

Talakoski spent four years at the University of Manitoba. In October, 1986 he signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers and played three games for the club that season. The rest of his rookie pro year was spent in the AHL and IHL. In 1987-88 he played a half dozen games for the Blueshirts then scored 24 goals for the IHL's Colorado Rangers.

From 1988 to 1993 Talakoski played for the senior Thunder Bay Twins. He then played for the Thunder Bay Senators of the Colonial Hockey League in 1993-94 and 1995-96 before retiring.

Talakoski also served as a firefighter in Thunder Bay, Ontario for 18 years.[2] Talakoski was found dead by Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue Services after a short search near Pier 3 in Thunder Bay, after having been reported missing from his residence.[2] He is reported to have suffered from Shy-Drager syndrome.[2]


  1. The Chronicle Journal Staff. "Talakoski, Ronald Obituary", July 11, 2009. Retrieved on 5 June 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 tbnewswatch staff (2009-07-07 13:29 (EDT)), Body recovered at Pier 3, Thunder Bay, Canada: Dougallmedia, <>. Retrieved on 2009-07-08

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