Kamloops Blazers’ Brendan Ranford Named Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

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Jeff Hubert

April 8, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kamloops Blazers forward Brendan Ranford is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Ranford collected 8 points, netting three goals and five assists, while posting a +5 rating in three games over the past week as the Blazers skated to three wins in three post-season games in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference.

On Monday, April 1st, Ranford chipped in four assists and a +3 rating as the Blazers closed out their Kal Tire WHL Western Conference quarter final series versus the Victoria Royals with a 6-2 win. On Saturday, April 6th, Ranford scored twice and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 4-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 1 of their Kal Tire WHL Western Conference semi-final series. On Sunday, April 7th, Ranford picked up a goal and an assist to go with 1st Star honors in a 5-1 triumph over the Rockets in Game 2 of the series.

Ranford, a 20-year-old product of Edmonton, AB, is in fifth and final season in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers. The 5’10”, 181-lb left wing currently sits tied for third in WHL post-season scoring with 14 points in eight games. The Blazers’ career leader with 348 regular-season games played, Ranford has piled up 137 goals and 357 points in a Blazers jersey. He is currently a free agent.

The WHL has also nominated Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Brossoit, a 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., managed a perfect 2-0 record, including a shutout, in two starts for the Oil Kings over the weekend as they skated to a pair of wins to open their Husky WHL Eastern Conference semi-final series versus the Medicine Hat Tigers. Brossoit allowed just one goal on 55 shots in those two games for a miniscule 0.50 goals-against average and a .982 save percentage in that span. Last week, Brossoit signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Calgary Flames.