Ron Pinder grew up in Richmond, B.C. His first national championship would come in 1971, when he won the Minto Cup playing for the legendary Richmond Roadrunners. Pinder would go on to win two Mann Cups for the Vancouver Burrard’s in 1975 and 1977, finishing his career with a nearly three point-per-game average.
But Ron Pinder really left his mark on the Mann Cup. His father, Roy Pinder, had won the Mann Cup in 1949. Ron would “see him and raise him one” starting in 1975, as he was awarded the Mike Kelly award as the series MVP. Later that year, Jim Bishop called on him to join the Montreal Quebecois in the NLL playoffs. Montreal was down three games to one in the semi-finals against the Boston Bolts but would come back to take them 4-3. They would go for six games against the Quebec Caribous, who ultimately won the championship in the final year of the original league.