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PLAYER JOURNAL: BILL RANFORD

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Every other Friday during the month of July, new Kings Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.


Bill Ranford Journal Entry one
July 14, 2006

I had the opportunity to interview for a position with the Vancouver Canucks four years ago, and that was kind of my introduction to the NHL as far as being a goaltending coach. During the process, I interviewed with Marc Crawford, who informed me that I needed to improve on the teaching and technical aspects of the job to make myself a more attractive candidate. Having just retired from the NHL, I took his advice and started working on those things.

I've worked with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League for the last two years and I'm a part owner of the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. I've worked with the goalies in Burnaby for the last five years and my work with both teams has allowed me to improve my coaching.

In addition to Mathieu Garon, Jason LaBarbera and newly acquired Dan Cloutier, I'm excited about some of the other goaltenders that are, or someday soon will be, in the Kings' system. Included in that group is Jonathan Bernier, selected by the Kings with the 11th pick in last month's NHL Entry Draft.

Bernier is probably one of the more athletic goalies that went in the draft. I had the opportunity to work with him at Canada's under-18 camp last year and his athletic ability and his great quickness make him a top prospect. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to help him develop into No. 1 in the NHL at some point.

We're bringing in seven goalies for this month's prospect camp so that will give me the opportunity to see what the Kings have in their system. I'll have a chance to work with these guys and let them know what my expectations are. The No. 1 thing is stopping the puck, so we'll work on that first and then we'll work on the technical aspects after that.

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