Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 30

Ranford and 64-65 Bisons INDUCTED INTO MANITOBA HALL By Johnston Hall Bill Ranford will never ask for sympathy. His life was never that hard. He had great family support, his dad was the most influential person in his life and he had the will and desire to become a great hockey player. Trouble was, his dad was also in the Canadian Armed Forces. That’s a good thing for Canadians, but not such a good thing for a teenaged kid trying to make his way through minor hockey. Ranford is living proof that no matter how much skill you have, reaching the pinnacle in any sport, isn’t easy. Of course, he did reach the pinnacle. He won two Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy and will now be an inductee into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. On Nov. 7, five athletes, two builders and one team were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame at the 36th Annual Induction Ceremony at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Two of those inductees were from our hockey community: Ranford and the 1964-65 University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team. “I was born in Brandon, but I didn’t start playing hockey until I was living in Cold Lake, Alta.,” said Ranford, 59, as he 30 GAME ON NOVEMBER 2015 began to tell of young man’s journey with a Canadian forces family. “I played in Cold Lake, then in Germany, then in Portage la Prairie, then in Summerside, PEI, and finally in Red D Y\