Bill Ranford

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Bill Ranford
Born(1966-12-14) December 14, 1966 (age 47)
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Played forBoston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft52nd overall, 1985
Boston Bruins
Playing career1985–2000
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Bill Ranford
Born(1966-12-14) December 14, 1966 (age 47)
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Played forBoston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft52nd overall, 1985
Boston Bruins
Playing career1985–2000

William Edward Ranford (born December 14, 1966) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings. He 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. Ranford was born in Brandon, Manitoba, but grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Early life and career[edit]

As a child, Ranford took figure skating lessons,[1] before eventually decided 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 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 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 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 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 dress 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.

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 Kamloops Blazers right winger Brendan Ranford.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1983–84New Westminster BruinsWHL2710140145013005.38.876
1984–85New Westminster BruinsWHL3819170203414204.19
1985–86New Westminster BruinsWHL5317291279122514.84
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL43102401002.50.906
1986–87Moncton Golden FlamesAHL3300180602.00.927
1986–87Boston BruinsNHL4116202223412433.33.891
1987–88Maine MarinersAHL5127166285616513.47.887
1987–88Edmonton OilersNHL63023251602.95.899
1988–89Edmonton OilersNHL29158215098813.50.877
1989–90Edmonton OilersNHL5624169310716513.19.887
1990–91Edmonton OilersNHL6027273341518203.20.893
1991–92Edmonton OilersNHL67272610382222813.58.884
1992–93Edmonton OilersNHL6717386375324013.84.884
1993–94Edmonton OilersNHL71223411407023613.48.898
1994–95Edmonton OilersNHL4015203220313323.62.883
1995–96Edmonton OilersNHL3713185201512813.81.875
1995–96Boston BruinsNHL4021124230610912.84.894
1996–97Boston BruinsNHL3712168214712523.49.887
1996–97Washington CapitalsNHL1887210094602.74.888
1997–98Washington CapitalsNHL22712211834602.79.901
1998–99Tampa Bay LightningNHL323183156810213.90.881
1998–99Detroit Red WingsNHL4301244801.97.918
1999–2000Edmonton OilersNHL164637854703.59.885
NHL totals64724027976359362042153.41.888


1983–84New Westminster BruinsWHL10027204.44
1984–85New Westminster BruinsWHL7233092605.05
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL202120703.50.841
1986–87Boston BruinsNHL202123803.90.855
1989–90Edmonton OilersNHL2216614015912.53.912
1990–91Edmonton OilersNHL312135803.56.897
1991–92Edmonton OilersNHL16889095123.37.895
1995–96Boston BruinsNHL4132391604.02.857
1998–99Detroit Red WingsNHL4221831013.28.905
NHL totals532825311015943.07.897




  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...". Retrieved August 21, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Bill Ranford–Los Angeles Kings". Retrieved December 24, 2010.

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