Mike Ramsey (ice hockey)

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Mike Ramsey
Born (1960-12-03) December 3, 1960 (age 59)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1979
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1980–1996
Mike Ramsey
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey

Michael Allen Ramsey (born December 3, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played 1,070 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 Miracle On Ice and the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Ramsey attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. 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 Ice Hockey Championships while playing at the University of Minnesota.

Ramsey was the youngest member of the U.S. team that upset the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, in an event known as the Miracle on Ice. The American team, which went on to defeat Finland for the gold medal, was coached by Herb Brooks, who was Ramsey's coach at the University of Minnesota.

Ramsey (#5) with the puck during the Miracle on Ice game, February 22, 1980. Looking on are Soviet players Viktor Zhluktov (#22) and Valeri Vasiliev (#6), Soviet goaltender Vladimir Myshkin (#1), and American player Mark Johnson (#10).

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, playing 14 seasons for the Sabres. Primarily known as an offensive defenseman as an amateur, he successfully adapted to the bigger and tougher NHL by becoming a stay-at-home defenseman in Buffalo. Highlights of his career with the Sabres include playing in the NHL All-Star Game four times (1982, 1983, 1985, and 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 from 1990 to 1992. He continued to play for Team USA during this time, participating in the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments.

Ramsey's old coach in Buffalo, Scotty Bowman, brought him to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1992–93 season to shore up the team's defensive corps as it made a run at a third straight Stanley Cup championship. However, the Penguins were upset in the second round by the New York Islanders. After another season in Pittsburgh, Ramsey signed with the Detroit Red Wings, who by now were also coached by Bowman, as a free agent. In April 1995, Ramsey became teammates with defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov when Detroit acquired the latter in a trade with the New Jersey Devils; Fetisov had played for the Soviets during the 1980 Olympics. That year, Ramsey played in his first Stanley Cup Finals series, but the Red Wings were swept by the Devils, who had Ramsey's 1980 Olympic teammate, Neal Broten, on their roster. The next season, the powerful Red Wings set a league record for most wins in a single season with 62, but were ousted in the Western Conference Finals by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. Ramsey played only two games for Detroit in the 1996-97 season before retiring.

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 High School before forgoing his senior to play with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. As of 2017 he is playing at the University of Minnesota.

In popular culture[edit]

Ramsey was played by Joseph Cure in the 2004 Disney film Miracle, which was about the Miracle on Ice hockey team.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1979 [2]
  • 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
1977–78 Roosevelt High School HS-MN
1978–79 University of Minnesota WCHA 26 6 11 17 30
1979–80 United States Intl 56 11 22 33 55
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 United States WJC 6th 5 1 1 2 10
1980 United States OG 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 2 2 8
1982 United States WC 8th 7 1 0 1 8
1984 United States CC 4th 6 1 1 2 6
1987 United States CC 5th 5 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 5 1 1 2 10
Senior totals 25 2 4 6 24

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-hockey/mtt/ramsey_rachel00.html
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). 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
199192
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.