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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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