Texas Stars right wing Brendan Ranford was up until almost 3 a.m. Saturday in St. John’s, Newfoundland, watching the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the New York Rangers.
“That was probably some of the best hockey I’ve watched, maybe ever,” Ranford said in phone interview Sunday. “That and the last series between L.A. and Chicago, when they went back-and-forth for eight minutes. It was fun to watch, and obviously I’m very happy for my uncle.”
Ranford’s uncle is former NHL goalie and current Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford. The elder Ranford won a pair of Stanley Cups as a player with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990. He secured his second Stanley Cup as a coach when the Kings’ Alec Martinez scored the winning goal against the Rangers.
Now, his nephew is hoping is hoping to add a Calder Cup to the family collection. The Stars lead the St. John’s IceCaps 2-1 in the AHL championship series.
“I actually haven’t talked to him yet because of the big time difference (between Los Angeles and St. John’s),” Ranford said. “We’ve been exchanging voice mails, but he did joke about how its time for me to win a cup.”
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Monday at St. John’s Mile One Centre and will start at 5 p.m. CDT. It will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and shown at a watch party at the Cedar Park Center.
After winning Game 3 on an overtime goal by Travis Morin last Wednesday, Texas has spent the past four days resting and exploring St. John’s.
“We went onto the ocean and saw some icebergs and we’ve hit up quite a few little fish and chips spots,” Ranford said. “It’s a nice town and it’s interesting seeing how they live differently here..”
Texas had two days off after Game 3. On Saturday and Sunday, the team had it’s traditional high-tempo practice to prepare for Games 4 and 5 on back-to-back nights.