Mike Ramsey (ice hockey)
December 3, 1960 |
Minneapolis, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||11th overall, 1979
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||1980 Lake Placid||Ice hockey|
Michael Allen Ramsey (born December 3, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 1070 regular season games in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings between 1980 and 1997, after helping the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team win the gold medal in the Miracle On Ice.
Mike Ramsey attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis before entering the University of Minnesota. He was considered the top high school defenseman in Minnesota as a senior in 1977–78. He also attended the U.S. National Junior training camp in summer of 1978 and participated in the 1979 world junior championship.
Drafted 11th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Ramsey would go on to play in the National Hockey League immediately after the Olympics. He had one of the most successful NHL careers of the 1980 U.S. Olympians. Primarily known as an offensive defenseman as an amateur, he successfully adapted to the bigger and tougher NHL by becoming a "stay at home" defensive specialist for the Sabres. Highlights of his career with the Sabres include playing in the NHL All-Star Game four times (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986) as well as being a member of the NHL All-Star team that played the Soviet national hockey team in Rendez-Vous '87. Ramsey also served as the Sabres team captain during his 14 seasons with club. He continued to play for Team USA, participating in the 1984 Canada Cup, 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments.
Ramsey was brought to the Pittsburgh Penguins by his old Buffalo coach Scotty Bowman in 1992–93 to shore up the Pens' defensive corps while making a run for a third-straight Stanley Cup victory. As the Penguins fell short of that goal, Ramsey was offloaded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1994. He played one more complete season plus an extra two games in 1996 (in the process losing to a team having Neal Broten, a Miracle on Ice teammate, on its squad) before finally retiring from the game.
Ramsey returned to Minnesota after finishing his NHL career where he ran a sporting goods store named "Gold Medal Sports" and played senior league hockey. He returned to the NHL in 1997 to serve as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres and in 2000, he took a similar position with the Minnesota Wild. He was with the Wild until June 2010.
He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001
Ramsey has three children: Hannah, Rachel and Jack. Hannah is a student at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Rachel, who played hockey at Minnetonka High School, plays defense for the University of Minnesota. During the 2011-2012 season, she was the Gopher's top-scoring freshman, the top-scoring rookie defenseman in the WCHA, was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team, and helped lead the team to back to back national championships in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Jack played his sophomore and junior hockey seasons at Minnetonka Highschool before forgoing his senior to play with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. As of 2013, he is committed play at the University of Minnesota.
In popular culture
Ramsey was played by Joseph Cure in the 2004 Disney film Miracle about the Miracle on Ice hockey team. Regarding the experience of shooting the film, Cure said "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and then they yell, 'Cut!' They got out the champagne and cigars, the crowd was cheering. Then it slowly sunk in: That was it. I was the last one off the ice, though. They had to kick me off."
Ramsey does not appear in a 1981 TV movie called Miracle on Ice, except in archival game film and footage of the gold medal ceremony.
Awards and achievements
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986)
- Played in NHL Rendez-Vous '87
Regular season and playoffs
|1978-79||U. of Minnesota||NCAA||26||6||11||17||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994-95||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||33||1||2||3||23||15||0||1||1||4|
|1995-96||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||47||2||4||6||35||15||0||4||4||10|
|1996-97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979-80||U.S. Olympic Team||Oly||63||11||24||35||63|
- List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame
- List of NHL players with 1000 games played
- Miracle on Ice
- Joseph Cure biography at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1357150/
- Ramsey's bio at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Mike Ramsey's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Mike Ramsey's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
|Buffalo Sabres captain
Note: Ramsey was named Sabres captain during the 1990–91 NHL season (after Foligno was traded). He later resigned the captaincy during the 1992–93 NHL season, in favor of LaFontaine.