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Bill Ranford : biography

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William Edward Ranford (born December 14, 1966) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings. He graduated from New Westminster Secondary School in 1985. 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 World Ice Hockey Championship while playing for Canada.

NHL career

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 less 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 Kolzig 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.

Post-NHL career

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.. (November 23, 2003). CBC Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2011.

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.Merron, Jeff (February 12, 2004). . ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2010.

Ranford served as the Goalie Coach for the WHL Vancouver Giants for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.. NHL.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010.

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

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

Awards

  • 1986 - WHL 2nd All-Star Team
  • 1988, 1990 (as a Player) 2012 (as Goaltending Coach) - Stanley Cup
  • 1990 - Conn Smythe Trophy MVP
  • 1991 - NHL All-Star Game
  • 1991 - Canada Cup (Team Canada)
  • 1991 - Canada Cup MVP
  • 1994 - Ice Hockey World Championship (Team Canada, previously Canada won 1961)
  • 1994 - Hockey World Championship tournament MVP
  • 1996 - World Cup of Hockey (Team Canada)
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