(Born December 3, 1960) -- Admittedly, the high point of Mike Ramsey’s hockey career came before the age of 20. Even so, he never looked back as he compiled a hockey life that epitomized professionalism.
Ramsey was born in Minneapolis and went to high school there, where he was considered one of the best defensemen in the state. He followed the usual dream of hockey players in that state by playing for the University of Minnesota in 1978-79. The Sabres made him their first-round draft choice in the summer of 1979.
But they would have to wait for Ramsey. He opted to try out for the United States Olympic team instead of turning pro, and made it. You might have heard something about how that team did, capturing a gold medal in the most famous hockey series in American history.
Ramsey signed with the Sabres after leaving Lake Placid, and stayed in the lineup through the 1992-93 season. He never had as many as 10 goals in a season, but he showed a lot of heart, night in and night on, for some teams that weren’t exactly known for that quality.
Ramsey moved on to Pittsburgh, and finished his playing career in Detroit. He served as an assistant coach for Buffalo and Minnesota, and owns a sporting goods store in Minnesota.
--- Budd Bailey