Bill Ranford

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Bill Ranford
Bill Ranford - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Born (1966-12-14) December 14, 1966 (age 47)
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 1985
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1985–2000

William Edward Ranford (born December 14, 1966) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings. He was selected in the third round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 52nd overall, by the Boston Bruins. Over the course of fifteen NHL seasons Ranford would play with Boston, the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Detroit Red Wings, winning two Stanley Cups, a Canada Cup, and the 1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships while playing for Canada.

Early life and career[edit]

Ranford was born in Brandon, Manitoba and grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia. He graduated from New Westminster Secondary School in 1985. As a child he took figure skating lessons[1] before eventually deciding to go into goaltending. Because his father was in the armed forces Ranford lived in Germany for a few years, as well as various places in Canada. He played for local teams in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Red Deer, Alberta.

Ranford spent his junior career with the New Westminster Bruins, playing two seasons with the team before being drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 3rd round (52nd overall) in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft..

Ranford's post-draft year, 1985–86, was an eventful one as Ranford was named to the WHL Second All-Star Team and saw his first NHL action after the WHL season ended, winning three of four games for Boston, before going 0–2 in the playoffs.

To start the next year Boston assigned him to the Moncton Golden Flames of the AHL where he went 3–0 to start the season and wound up spending the rest of the year with Boston. The replacement of Bruins coach Butch Goring with Terry O'Reilly led to Ranford falling out of favour and eventually being dealt on March 8, 1988 from the Boston Bruins with Geoff Courtnall to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Andy Moog.

Prior to the trade he had spent most of the next season with the AHL's Maine Mariners but that would be the last time he would play at the minor-league level.

NHL career[edit]

Ranford won his first Stanley Cup in 1988 as the backup to Grant Fuhr. However, in 1990 despite constant comparisons to the injured Fuhr, Ranford emerged as a first-rate goaltender, leading the Oilers to the Stanley Cup and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) in the process. It was the last Cup that the Edmonton Oilers dynasty would win. Ranford went on to play the next six seasons in Edmonton before being dealt back to the Boston Bruins on January 11, 1996 for Mariusz Czerkawski, Sean Brown, and a 1st Round Pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (Matthieu Descoteaux).

After fewer than two seasons with Boston, Ranford was dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 1, 1997 with Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet for Jason Allison, Anson Carter, Jim Carey, a conditional draft pick in the 1998 Entry Draft, and a Third Round Pick in the 1997 Entry Draft (Lee Goren).

Ranford was initially the starting goaltender for Washington but was injured in the opening game of the 1997–98 season and missed a significant portion of the season. When he returned, Olaf Kölzig had taken over the starting position. The Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals that year; it was Ranford's third trip to the Finals, though Kolzig played every minute of the playoffs. On June 18, 1998, he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a Second Round Pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a Third Round Pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (Todd Hornung).

He began the season with Tampa Bay but was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on March 23, 1999 for a conditional draft pick. It was the second deal between the two teams that day. The prior trade brought Wendel Clark and a draft pick to the Red Wings and Goaltender Kevin Hodson and a draft pick to the Lightning. The Wendel Clark trade made the Bill Ranford deal happen. Ranford saw his final playoff action that spring, appearing in four games in the second round while starter Chris Osgood was injured. Ranford went 2-2 and recorded his 4th career playoff shutout.

His final year in the NHL was 1999-2000, where Ranford returned to Edmonton as a free-agent, backing up Tommy Salo before announcing his retirement on April 24.

International career[edit]

Bill Ranford represented Canada on a few occasions in his career. He was the starting goaltender in the 1991 Canada Cup and went undefeated, playing in all seven of his team's games. He was named to the tournament all-star team.

In 1994 he was Canada's starting goaltender at the World Championships, backstopping Canada to its first gold medal since 1961. After stopping the last Finnish shooter, Mika Nieminen, in the decisive shootout in the gold medal game, Ranford jumped into the air and was mobbed by his teammates.

He was chosen to play for Canada a third time in 1996 at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, but this time he was the third-stringer behind Curtis Joseph and Martin Brodeur, and didn't play in any games.

Post-NHL career[edit]

Ranford played net for the Edmonton Oilers alumni team at the 2003 Heritage Classic, the first outdoor regular season game in NHL history. Ranford (14 saves) and Grant Fuhr (11 saves) took turns in goal and held the Montreal Canadiens alumni team scoreless in a 2–0 victory.[2]

Ranford acted in the 2004 movie Miracle, performing the on-ice scenes as the goaltender for Team USA, Jim Craig, while Eddie Cahill performed the off-ice scenes.[3]

Ranford served as the Goalie Coach for the WHL Vancouver Giants for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.[4]

On July 10, 2006 he was named the goaltending coach of the Los Angeles Kings and continues to hold that position.[4] His named would be etched onto the Stanley Cup a third time in 2012, and a fourth time in 2014.

He is also a part-owner of the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (Tier II Junior).[4]

Personal Life[edit]

Ranford is the uncle of current Texas Stars right winger Brendan Ranford.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1983–84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 27 10 14 0 1450 130 0 5.38 .876
1984–85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 38 19 17 0 2034 142 0 4.19
1985–86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 53 17 29 1 2791 225 1 4.84
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 4 3 1 0 240 10 0 2.50 .906
1986–87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 3 3 0 0 180 6 0 2.00 .927
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 41 16 20 2 2234 124 3 3.33 .891
1987–88 Maine Mariners AHL 51 27 16 6 2856 165 1 3.47 .887
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 3 0 2 325 16 0 2.95 .899
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 29 15 8 2 1509 88 1 3.50 .877
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 56 24 16 9 3107 165 1 3.19 .887
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 27 27 3 3415 182 0 3.20 .893
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 27 26 10 3822 228 1 3.58 .884
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 17 38 6 3753 240 1 3.84 .884
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 22 34 11 4070 236 1 3.48 .898
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 15 20 3 2203 133 2 3.62 .883
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 13 18 5 2015 128 1 3.81 .875
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 40 21 12 4 2306 109 1 2.84 .894
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL 37 12 16 8 2147 125 2 3.49 .887
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 18 8 7 2 1009 46 0 2.74 .888
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 22 7 12 2 1183 46 0 2.79 .901
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 32 3 18 3 1568 102 1 3.90 .881
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 3 0 1 244 8 0 1.97 .918
1999–2000 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 4 6 3 785 47 0 3.59 .885
NHL totals 647 240 279 76 35,936 2042 15 3.41 .888

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1983–84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 1 0 0 27 2 0 4.44
1984–85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 7 2 3 309 26 0 5.05
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 2 120 7 0 3.50 .841
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 2 123 8 0 3.90 .855
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 22 16 6 1401 59 1 2.53 .912
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 1 2 135 8 0 3.56 .897
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 8 8 909 51 2 3.37 .895
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 4 1 3 239 16 0 4.02 .857
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 2 2 183 10 1 3.28 .905
NHL totals 53 28 25 3110 159 4 3.07 .897

Awards[edit]

Transactions[edit]

  • June 15, 1985 - Ranford drafted by Boston
  • March 8, 1988 - Ranford traded from Boston to Edmonton, along with Geoff Courtnall in exchange for Andy Moog
  • January 11, 1996 - Ranford traded from Edmonton to Boston in exchange for Sean Brown, Mariusz Czerkawski and a 1st round draft pick (Matthieu Descoteaux)
  • March 1, 1997 - Ranford traded from Boston to Washington, along with Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet in exchange for Jason Allison, Anson Carter, and Jim Carey
  • June 18, 1998 - Ranford traded from Washington to Tampa Bay in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round draft pick (Todd Hornung)
  • March 23, 1999 - Ranford traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
  • August 4, 1999 - Ranford signs with Edmonton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legends of Hockey Biography". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
  2. ^ "Fuhr, Ranford shine at Heritage Classic". (November 23, 2003). CBC Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Merron, Jeff (February 12, 2004). "Reel Life: Miracle rings true...". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Bill Ranford–Los Angeles Kings". NHL.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Glew, Kevin (May 9, 2010). "Backchecking: Ranford caps off a dynasty". The Hockey News. Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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Preceded by
Al MacInnis
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1990
Succeeded by
Mario Lemieux