CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars announced today that left wing Brendan Ranford has signed a professional tryout contract for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Ranford, 21, completed his fifth and final season of major junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, where he recorded 87 points (22 goals, 65 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 70 games played. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished the regular season tied for the team lead in assists, ranked second in games played, fourth in points and tied for fourth in goals. Ranford also appeared in 15 post-season games, scoring 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) as he helped Kamloops reach the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 WHL Playoffs before losing to the eventual WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks in five games.
The 5-foot-10, 181-pound left wing appeared in 348 career WHL games for Kamloops, tallying 357 points (137 goals, 220 assists) and 298 penalty minutes. The Blazers are owned by Tom Gaglardi, owner of the Dallas Stars. Ranford was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but did not sign with the club by the June 1, 2012 deadline and has since become a free agent. He won a silver medal at the 2009 World Hockey Challenge U-17 tournament playing for Canada Pacific, scoring seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in six games. Ranford’s uncle Bill Ranford was a former NHL star goaltender, two-time Stanley Cup winner and is the current goalie coach for the Los Angeles Kings.
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