Mike Ramsey (ice hockey)

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Mike Ramsey
Born (1960-12-03) December 3, 1960 (age 53)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1979
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1980–1996
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.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

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.

Ramsey was the youngest member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in Lake Placid, New York, that defeated the Soviet team and went on to win the gold medal in a victory known as the Miracle On Ice.

Professional[edit]

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.

Post-playing career[edit]

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

Family[edit]

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.[1] Jack, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 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[edit]

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."[2]

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[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1979 [3]
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986)
  • Played in NHL Rendez-Vous '87

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978-79 U. of Minnesota NCAA 26 6 11 17 30
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 6 7 6 13 1 2 3 12
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 3 14 17 56 8 0 3 3 20
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 7 23 30 56 4 1 1 2 14
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 8 30 38 55 10 4 4 8 15
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 9 22 31 82 3 0 1 1 6
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 8 22 30 102 5 0 1 1 23
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 7 21 28 117
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 8 31 39 109
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 5 16 21 77 6 0 3 3 29
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 2 14 16 84 5 1 0 1 11
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 4 21 25 47 6 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 6 14 20 46 5 1 0 1 12
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 3 14 17 67 7 0 2 2 8
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 33 2 8 10 20
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 1 2 3 8 12 0 6 6 4
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 2 2 4 22 1 0 0 0 0
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
NHL totals 1070 79 266 345 1012 115 8 29 37 176

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1979-80 U.S. Olympic Team Oly 63 11 24 35 63

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-hockey/mtt/ramsey_rachel00.html
  2. ^ Joseph Cure biography at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1357150/
  3. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Larry Playfair
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1979
Succeeded by
Steve Patrick
Preceded by
Mike Foligno
Buffalo Sabres captain
1991-92
Succeeded by
Pat LaFontaine

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.