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Bill Ranford
Bill Ranford
Goaltender
Number: 40
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Catches: Left
Born: Dec 14, 1966
Birthplace: Brandon, MB, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Tampa Bay for future considerations on March 23, 1999.
Drafted: BOS / 1985 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (52nd overall)
When Bill Ranford was a child, he took figure skating lessons for two years in the hopes of perfecting that form of on-ice performance. But a friend of his father's was a hockey goalie and Ranford loved all the equipment associated with the position. He convinced his dad to take shots on him, and so his love for hockey and goaltending began and figure skating waned accordingly.

Ranford's father was in the armed forces and this meant a life of travel for Bill. Although born in Brandon, Manitoba, he moved to Germany for a while, traveling throughout Europe over the course of a few years. The family then returned to Canada: Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, then Prince Edward Island and finally Red Deer, Alberta. All the time Ranford played hockey with local teams until finally he joined the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL.

It also turned out to be an impromptu tryout. That summer, 1985, Chicago wanted to draft him, but Boston, with the 52nd selection overall, beat the Hawks to it. Ranford's time with the Bruins was brief, in large part because of a coaching change that saw Terry O'Reilly replace Butch Goring as the head coach. But coach O'Reilly was happy to trade Ranford to Edmonton for another goalie, Andy Moog, during the 1987-88 season. With the Oilers, Ranford faced certain relegation to number two spot behind Grant Fuhr, but it also gave him the chance to apprentice with the best. But at the start of the 1989-90 season, Fuhr was rushed to hospital with appendicitis. He returned later in the season but hurt his shoulder. Ranford wound up playing most of that year, and playing spectacularly at that.

The result was that come playoff time he had earned the starting job. He played in every game, led the team to the Stanley Cup and was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Younger than Fuhr by a few years, his play also meant that general manager Glen Sather could comfortably trade Fuhr and keep Ranford as the number one man.

At the start of the 1991-92 season, Ranford was perhaps the finest goalie in the world. He was named Canada's starter for the 1991 Canada Cup, and not only did he lead the team to victory, he was named the outstanding player of the tournament. His standup style was different from most young goalies, but for him it was effective. Midway through the 1995-96 season, he was traded back to Boston, and a series of trades and new teams that hurt his consistency began. After time in Washington, Tampa Bay and Detroit, Ranford signed in the summer of 1999 with the Oilers again as a free agent, hoping to re-ignite his career where it had seen its finest hour. Ranford played only one season with the Oilers before calling it a career at the end of the 1999-2000 season.

Bill Ranford's NHL career lasted 15 seasons and over 600 games with two Stanley Cup wins.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80