MIKE RAMSEY STEPS DOWN AS MINNESOTA WILD ASSISTANT COACH
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that Mike Ramsey has stepped down from his post as Assistant Coach effective immediately.
"The Wild thanks Mike for his 10 great years of service to this organization," Fletcher said. "We respect his decision and appreciate the countless hours and contributions he made to the Minnesota Wild franchise."
Ramsey, 49 (12/3/60), was named a Wild Assistant Coach on July 24, 2000 and helped lead the team to a combined record of 331-291-116 and three playoff appearances. Prior to joining the Wild he spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Minneapolis, Minn., native enjoyed a very successful playing career that included participation in four NHL All-Star Games (1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986) and Rendez-Vous ‘87. He also was a member of the University of Minnesota’s 1979 NCAA Championship squad and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, which upset the Soviet Union and went on to capture the gold medal in Lake Placid, New York.
Of the 18 seasons Ramsey played in the NHL, 14 were spent skating for the Sabres (1979-93). He was traded from Buffalo to Pittsburgh in March of 1993, and eventually finished his career with the Detroit Red Wings. Ramsey went to the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit, and made a brief two-game comeback during the 1996-97 season before retiring. He still ranks third on Buffalo’s all-time regular season games played list with 911. In 1,070 career NHL contests, Ramsey totaled 79 goals, 266 assists, 345 points and 1,012 penalty minutes (PIM). He participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 15 of his 18 seasons and notched 37 points (8-29=37) and 176 PIM in 115 postseason contests. Ramsey was originally the Sabres’ first choice (11th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.