Ranford honored (+audio); Bryson to Ivan Hlinka tourney - LA Kings Insider

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

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#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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