February 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.
Ramsay later moved into coaching, and was an assistant coach when Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup. Sabre fans probably felt good that one of the class acts in team history earned a ring. He was hired as the coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2010 under old teammate Rick Dudley.
--- Budd Bailey