Craig Ramsey waits on True North Sports and Entertainment


It doesn’t get any better then this. 40 years of experience in some type of capacity in the National Hockey League. That’s exactly why Craig Ramsey has every reason to gloat while he makes his way through this weekend at the request of True North Sports and Entertainment.

Ramsey, 60, coached the Atlanta Thrashers in their final year of existence in the Atlanta market. After a 34-36-12 record in the 2010-11 finale, Craig Ramsey switched gears from behind the bench to sitting at home and patiently waiting word on whether or not True North considers Ramsey a part of their future plans as their head coach.

Ramsey was originally hired prior to the 2010-11 season to coach the Atlanta Thrashers by former General Manager Rick Dudley, who was fired this past week after it was determined that True North had other plans in mind for Dudley. It was either move to Winnipeg as the General Manager or nothing at all for the Toronto, Ontario native.

Craig Ramsey met with newly hired General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff in Winnipeg, to discuss his very near future with the club. The meeting came to an end with no answer from True North as to their plans for the soft spoken Ramsey.

“They asked for the weekend and then said they’d call. We’re just waiting on them now. It’s very difficult. It’s not a great thing to be sitting around wondering what’s going on. But that’s where we are and there’s not much I can do about that,” Ramsey told reporters.

Ramsey is right, there isn’t much he can do. One thing is clear though, what you see is what you get out of coach Ramsey and his NHL career dating back to the 1970’s. A well respected individual in the NHL community, with an excellent teaching technique that contributes greatly to the development of a hockey club.

Ramsey’s experience was contagious at the beginning of the 2010-11 season with the Thrashers. After several major moves were orchestrated to improve the parent club, Craig Ramsey was the ideal coach to come in and sit down with every single player individually and not only discuss certain roles, but talk hockey in general and find ways to communicate with his players on a level that would eventually carry over to the bench.

“Rammer was a great coach, hopefully he get’s the chance to resume here and finish off what he started,” Captain Andrew Ladd told the Winnipeg reporters after visiting the city this past week.

Craig Ramsey deserved an answer several days ago, but that’s the nature of the business. As Ramsey awaits True North’s plans, Associate coach John Torchetti and assistant coach Mike Stothers remain in a holding pattern as well.

Hopefully within a few days, Craig Ramsey will receive a positive phone call and head to Winnipeg as their head coach for the 2011-12 season. Plenty of NHL clubs will come calling, if that doesn’t stand to be the case.

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