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10-12-2009, 11:59 PM
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Mike Ramsey, D

Joe Pelletier:
Points production doesn't paint the proper picture of Mike Ramsey. He never scored more than 9 goals in a single season, and scored only 79 in a career that spanned 1070 games and 18 NHL season. He never scored more than 40 points in a season, and had only 345 in his career.

But make no mistake, Ramsey was a star. he was a perennial All Star candidate and 5 times as a Sabre he represented the team at the mid-season celebration, including in 1987 when the NHL put together a team of 20 players to take on the Soviets in Rendez-Vous '87. He also twice represented the United States in the Canada Cups, once in 1984 and once in 1987. He also played in the 1982 World Championships, but usually couldn't compete in that tournament as he was too busy leading the Sabres into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ramsey was a very intelligent defenseman with a great understanding of the game. He was always in great position and always made a solid play and clearing the zone dependably. He also was an honest physical player - very tough in front of his net and a good open ice hitter. He was also recognized as one of the game's best shot blockers. His work ethic, dependability, and importance to the team made him a natural choice to serve as the Sabres captain after XXXXXXX's departure in 1990.
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986)

Played in NHL Rendez-Vous'87

Played in 84 and 87 Canada Cups for Team USA

Why was the 1986 All-Star Game Ramsey's last?

Sherry Ross in the Record:
It was a game that had it all: slithery passes, booming slap shots, and quicksilver saves. But all the players talked about after last night's National Hockey League All-Star Game was The Hit.

In a game that has traditionally become a scoring showcase for hockey's most talented skaters, a check by the Wales Conference's Mike Ramsey on Campbell Conference star Wayne Gretzky brought almost as much attention as Bryan Trottier's game-winning overtime goal.

Ramsey lined up Gretzky at the Wales blue line with a little more than six minutes gone. The Buffalo defenseman's check caught Gretzky in the left thigh, and Gretzky got up slowly and limped to the Campbell bench. The Edmonton center did not miss a shift, however, and scored the next goal of the game later in the period.

"I don't know why there's such a {big} deal about it," said Ramsey, who is known for his solid stay-at-home defensive play with the Sabres. "It's no big deal. I didn't hit him that hard." Gretzky agreed, although Edmonton teammate Kevin Lowe responded by high-sticking Ramsey on the next shift.

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