Bill Ranford, who grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia but was born in Brandon, Manitoba, will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg on November 7. Ranford, who won two Stanley Cups as a player and was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy as an Edmonton Oiler in 1990, was 240-279-76 with a 3.41 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 647 NHL games. Named the Kings’ Goaltending Coach prior to the 2006-07 season, Ranford also celebrated Stanley Cup victories in 2012 and 2014.
On Friday, he joined TSN 1290 Winnipeg to discuss the honor:
In additional news from the Kings’ hockey operations staff, Assistant Equipment Manager Dana Bryson will be named to USA Hockey’s team staff for the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which takes place annually in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The tournament, an U-18 event that is unsanctioned by the IIHF but features a talented prospect pool, differs from the official U-18 World Championships, a tournament that has seen Canada handcuffed due to the overlap with the Canadian Hockey League playoffs. Inaugurated in 1991, the Ivan Hinka Memorial Tournament has been won 19 times by Canada, three times by Russia (and once by the Soviet Union), once by Sweden, and once, in 2003, by the United States. The U.S. has medaled 12 times in the tournament.
Former Los Angeles Junior King Kailer Yamamoto was named to the United States’ squad for the tournament. He posted a impressive 23 goals and 57 points in 68 games as a 16-year-old rookie with WHL-Spokane last season. Newport Coast native Ben Lown was also named to the United States’ roster. | USA ROSTER