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Mike Ramsey

Born:Dec 3, 1960Draft: 1979 Sabres, 11th Overall
Hometown:Minneapolis, MinnesotaPosition:Defense
Known For:Olympic Gold Medal (1980)Shoots:Left
National Team:United StatesCurrent Status:Retired

Mike Ramsey (born December 3, 1960) is a retired American ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1996-97 season. Drafted 11th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Ramsey spent 14 of his 19 years in the NHL with the Sabres. Known as an offensive defenseman in his draft year, Ramsey amassed 20 points or more in nine of his 14 seasons with the Sabres while adapting and evolving into a solid stay-at-home defenseman. Ramsey served as Buffalo’s captain from 1990 to 1992. During the 1992-93 season, Ramsey was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was reunited with Scotty Bowman, who coached Ramsey with Buffalo.

Failing to aid the Penguins in capturing the Stanley Cup, Ramsey lasted one more season before signing with the Detroit Red Wings for the 1994-95 season. He appeared in his first Stanley Cup Final, but the Red Wings were swept by the New Jersey Devils. The following year, Ramsey appeared in 47 games and the Red Wings reached the Western Conference Final, but they were defeated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. Ramsey played in two games for the 1996-97 season before announcing his retirement.

Internationally, Ramsey represented the United States on five occasions. After finishing 6th in the 1979 IIHF World Junior Champonship, Ramsey and the United States captured the gold medal in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. He also appeared in the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship and the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup.

Mike Ramsey Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 22, 1993 Buffalo SabresPittsburgh PenguinsBob Errey

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Staff History

  • Buffalo Sabres (Assistant Coach) 1997-2000
  • Minnesota Wild (Assistant Coach) 2001-2010


  • NCAA (Championship) Winner (1979)
  • NCAA (WCHA) Champion (1979)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (1980)
  • 5x NHL All Star (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987)