Texas Stars sign Brendan Ranford, nephew of former NHL goalie is first signing of the offseason

The Texas Stars signed Brendan Ranford to a professional tryout contract for the 2013-14 season on Friday.

Ranford is the first off-season signing for the Stars and will join the club for training camp in the fall.

In his final season of major junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers, Ranford recorded 87 points (22 goals, 65 assists) in 70 games. He also registered 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) in 20 playoff games.

Ranford’s name may sound familiar since his uncle, Bill Ranford, is a former NHL goalie who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers. He is currently the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Kings.

The younger Ranford was originally a seventh-round draft choice by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 (209th overall), but didn’t sign with the Flyers by the June 1, 2012 deadline and became a free agent.

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