This past season the Kings won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the team with the lowest goals-against-average (GAA) in the league. The Kings also allowed the fewest goals (203) in the NHL. It was the second time the Kings have won the award, having also won the award in 2013-14. During that season Kings goalies allowed a franchise-low 168 goals (not including shootout goals), an all-time record with 13 shutouts and a 2.02 GAA.
Upon Ranford joining the club the Kings team goals-against average (GAA) dropped steadily during each of his first six seasons. In 2011-12, the club enjoyed a .924 save percentage (tied for third in the NHL that season) which remains a franchise best. During the 2012 playoffs the Kings posted a 1.45 team GAA over 20 games and Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, had three shutouts. In 2013, the Kings posted a 1.80 team GAA in the postseason, the best mark in the NHL, along with another three playoff shutouts for Quick.
Quick, who was also a Jennings Trophy runner-up in 2012, is the only active goalie with three Jennings wins and runners-ups combined, and he and Corey Crawford are the only active goalies with two Jennings Trophies.
Ranford, 51 (12/14/66), had worked as the Goaltending Consultant with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League for two seasons before joining the Kings. In addition, Ranford - a two-time Stanley Cup Champion goalie with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990 and the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1990 - has also worked as a Goaltending Consultant with the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (Tier II Junior), of which he was a part-owner.
Ranford, who shares the NHL's single season playoff record for most wins by a goaltender with 16 victories in 1990, completed a stellar 15-year NHL playing career following the 1999-00 season. Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the third-round (52nd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Ranford had a regular season record of 240-279-76, 15 shutouts, a 3.41 goals-against-average and a .888 save-percentage in 647 regular season NHL contests with the Oilers, Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. He also played in a total of a 53 NHL playoff games, and he played for the Oilers alumni team at the outdoor Heritage Classic in 2003 in Alberta and in 2016 in Winnipeg.
Ranford, an All-Star during the 1990-91 season, made his acting debut in the movie Miracle, where he performed scenes as a "stunt double" of Jim Craig, Team USA's goalie during the 1980 Winter Olympics. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Ranford is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill and his wife Kelly have two children: daughters Cassady and Tristan. They live in New Westminster, British Columbia.
As of July, 2018