The Minnesota Wild have announced that Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey has stepped down effective immediately. Ramsey has been with the team since 2000.
"[The decision] is not something that, believe me, happened for me overnight or anything like that," said Ramsey, who informed General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Todd Richards of his decision on Friday. "I've been in the game for 30 years now, and I've been with the Wild for 10. It's been an awesome 10 years, and at the end of the year, you start reflecting on all the things you've done with the team and the time you spent at the rink, and the travel, and this and that. Going forward, I thought it was a good time for me to step down and pursue other things."
Ramsey is, of course, a Minnesota hockey legend after playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Miracle on Ice team in 1980.
Being a long time assistant coach, the fact that he has stepped down is not a shock. Citing missing time with his family, but also hedging that by saying "I don't think this is the end of Mike Ramsey in hockey. This is just a break I think," it is safe to say that Ramsey would be welcome by nearly any team at any level.
Good luck Rammer, you will certainly be missed.