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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Craig Ramsay

   (Born March 17, 1951) -- Craig Ramsay was always a media favorite when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres. He always gave insightful quotes after the game, so reporters knew enough to head to his locker frequently to find out what happened in a game. In fact, Ramsay said he figured out it was
time to retire when the media only approached him after losses.

   Ramsay could play almost as well as he could talk. He was one of the great two-way players of his generation, even winning the Selke Trophy.

   The left winger was a second-round draft choice of the Sabres in 1971. He arrived in Buffalo after a brief stint in the minors, and stayed through 1985.

   For someone known for defense, Ramsay could score. He had eight straight 20-goal seasons. At one point in his career, he played in 776 consecutive games to break the NHL record at the time.

   After retirement, Ramsay served as an assistant coach in 1986-87 and served a brief tenure as head coach in that troubled Sabres' season. He moved on to become assistant general manager. In a perfect world, he might have a member of the Sabres' organization for life.

   That didn't work out, and Ramsay has served in a variety of roles … including head coaching jobs with Philadelphia and Atlanta … since leaving. Still, he's a deserving member of the Sabres' Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.