Feb. 12, 1983 -- Buffalo Sabres' fans had gotten used to seeing Craig Ramsay in the lineup -- day in, day out.
Ramsay was called up from Cincinnati during the 1971-72 season, and quickly found a home on the team's checking line. He stayed there almost indefinitely, quickly building a reputation as one of the best two-way players in hockey.
Ramsay played in 776 games -- at the time the fourth-longest streak in NHL history -- before he had to miss a game on this date. A broken foot took him out of the lineup for a game in Calgary. He missed the rest of the season, but came back for two more years -- and won the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 1984-85.
(photo courtesy of sabreslegends.blogspot.com)
--- Budd Bailey