AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players and coaches prior to the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. In the 25th and final part of the series, it is time to profile Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford.
One of the greatest goaltenders for the Edmonton Oilers in their franchise history, Ranford has been the goaltending coach for the Kings since the 2006-07 season. He was hired by the Kings only one year after the Kings drafted their future star goaltender Jonathan Quick, and one year prior to Quick playing for the Kings.
The nucleus of Ranford and Quick has been extremely successful for Los Angeles. The tandem has led the Kings to their only two Stanley Cups in franchise history--in 2012 and 2014. Prior to coaching the Kings, Ranford was the goaltending coach for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League from 2004-2006.
As a goaltender, Ranford played 14 seasons in the NHL from 1985-2000 with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings. He had a career record of 240 wins, 279 regulation losses and 76 ties/overtime losses.
In 1990, Ranford was truly amazing. He made a series of remarkable saves for the Oilers in the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs and helped Edmonton win their fifth Stanley Cup in seven seasons. Ranford is also the only Oilers goaltender to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. He won another Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1988 and also represented the Oilers at the 1991 NHL All-Star Game.
On the international stage, Ranford represented Team Canada with great success. He was the most valuable player of the 1991 Canada Cup as Team Canada won gold, and won a gold medal for Canada at the 1994 World Hockey Championships in Italy.