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Mike Ramsey
Mike Ramsey
Defenseman
Number: 23
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 3, 1960
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on August 3, 1994.
Drafted: BUF / 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (11th overall)
Mike Ramsey grew up at the epicenter of Minnesota's frenzied youth hockey system. He lived right next door to the University of Minnesota where the Golden Gophers, the hottest ticket in the state, performed their magic.

It was inevitable that Ramsay would aspire to skate for the Gophers. He enrolled for classes and on-ice action in 1978-79. But his selection by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1979 Entry Draft and his invitation to play for the U.S. National Team lured him away from the road to academia.

In the end, he turned down a lucrative offer from the Sabres to take a shot at the Olympics before turning pro. Looking back, he can only smile as he reflects upon the "Miracle On Ice" that transpired at Lake Placid. The American squad of upstarts shocked the hockey world by taking the gold medal away from the resident champion Soviets. For Ramsay, winning such a prize in such a politically charged environment was by far his greatest achievement in hockey.

After the Olympics, he stepped onto the Sabres' blueline and quickly discovered that he'd have to adjust his game to survive. NHL men, as he discovered, were bigger, stronger, faster, and meaner than what he had been used to. So the rearguard, who was originally drafted for his offensive ability, had to reinvent himself as a stay-at-home defender?and he became one of the best in the NHL as Scotty Bowman was quick to point out.

Over the next 14 seasons the words "Sabres blueline" and "Ramsay" became synonomous. He was the foundation of the team with his consistent play. He was rarely flashy but almost always effective.

During the 1992-93 season, Scotty Bowman, then with the Pittsburgh Penguins, brought Ramsay on board to shore up the Pens' defensive corps while making a run for a third-straight Stanley Cup victory. Although the club fell short, Ramsay experienced the thrill of playing with Lemieux, Jagr, and Francis.

In 1994, he hit the road again, this time to Detroit where he was paired with offensive- minded Larry Murphy. The club was on an upward swing that culminated in a loss to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals. Ramsay played one more complete season plus an extra two games in 1996 before finally packing in his well-worn stick and skates.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80