Ranford in June 2014, signing autographs for fans in New York.
December 14, 1966|
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Detroit Red Wings
52nd overall, 1985|
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 Ice Hockey World Championships while playing for Canada. He is only goaltender in history to be awarded the MVP of Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canada Cup/World Cup & Men's Ice Hockey World Championship.
Early life and career
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 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.
Ranford won his first Stanley Cup in 1988 as the backup to Grant Fuhr. In 1990 and with 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 first 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 allowed the Ranford deal to go through. 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.
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.
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.
Ranford served as the goalie coach for the WHL Vancouver Giants for the 2004–2005 and 2005–2006 seasons. On July 10, 2006, he was named the goaltending coach of the Los Angeles Kings and continues to hold that position. His name 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). His junior team the Red Deer Rebels named their annual team rookie of the year trophy after Ranford, labelling it the Bill Ranford Trophy.
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||27||10||14||0||1450||130||0||5.38||.876||1||0||0||27||2||0||4.44||—|
|1984–85||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||38||19||17||0||2034||142||0||4.19||—||7||2||3||309||26||0||5.05||—|
|1985–86||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||53||17||29||1||2791||225||1||4.84||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Moncton Golden Flames||AHL||3||3||0||0||180||6||0||2.00||.927||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||4||2||2||183||10||1||3.28||.905|
- 1986 – WHL 2nd All-Star Team
- 1988, 1990 – Stanley Cup champion
- 1990 – Conn Smythe Trophy MVP
- 1991 – National Hockey League All-Star Game
- 1991 – Canada Cup (Team Canada)
- 1991 – Canada Cup MVP
- 1994 – Ice Hockey World Championships (Team Canada)
- 1994 – Ice Hockey World Championships MVP
- 1996 – World Cup of Hockey (Team Canada)
- 2012, 2014 – Stanley Cup champion (as goaltending coach)
- 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.
- "Legends of Hockey Biography". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "Fuhr, Ranford shine at Heritage Classic". (November 23, 2003). CBC Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- Cowley, Ryan (December 9, 2014). "Paddles Down: Talking with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford". MakeWayForTheKings.net. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- "Bill Ranford–Los Angeles Kings". NHL.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- Dombrowski, Alyssa (May 16, 2014). "Ranford emerging as postseason star for Texas". NHL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
- Glew, Kevin (May 9, 2010). "Backchecking: Ranford caps off a dynasty" Archived 2015-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. The Hockey News. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- Edmonton Oilers–Bill Ranford Biography
- Bill Ranford career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Bill Ranford on IMDb
| Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy