|1979 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
No. 1 overall
by Colorado Rockies
Born January 11, 1959
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Byron, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA All-Star Second Team: 1978-79
Sporting News WHA All-Star First Team: 1978-79
WHA All-Star Game: 1979 (Birmingham)
World Junior Championships: 1977 (silver), 1978 (bronze)
OMJHL Kaminsky Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1977-78 (London)
OMJHL All-Star First Team:
OMJHL All-Star Third Team: 1976-77 (London)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 2 prospect (among players born in 1959) for the 1979 NHL draft. ... Top vote-getter among defenseman in balloting for 1977-78 OMJHL All-Star First
Team. ... Missed eligibility for 1978
NHL draft because birthday was 11 days late. Rather than spend year in junior,
he signed with Birmingham (WHA) as an underage free
agent in June 1978. ... Was one of six underage juniors who played for
Birmingham (WHA) in 1978-79, helping team earn the "Baby Bulls" nickname.
Played in WHA's 1979 All-Star Series that pitted WHA All-Stars vs. Soviet
Union's Moscow Dynamo for three games in January 1979. ... ... Was working at
hockey school in St. Andrews, New Brunswick on day of 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
| Debut: October 11, 1979 (St. Louis at
Numbers: 6, 5 (Colorado); 5 (St. Louis); 55
(Calgary); 8 (Toronto);
5 (Minnesota); 5 (Tampa Bay); 5 (Montreal); 5 (Philadelphia)
Playing Status: Retired August 1994
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Colorado, STL, Calg., Tor.,|
Minn., TB, Montreal, Phil.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||STL, CGY, TOR, MTL||84||
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1981 (Colorado), 1984, 1986, 1988 (St. Louis)
Best Defenseman: 1980-81
Colorado Captain: Nov. 26, 1981, until
June 9, 1982
St. Louis Emery Edge Award
(+/- Leader): 1985-86 (plus-18)
Toronto Captain: Sept. 1, 1989, until May 30, 1991
St. Louis Records: Most assists in one season by a defenseman (56 in
Colorado Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1979-80 (135), 1980-81 (193), 1981-82
St. Louis Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1985-86 (171, tie)
St. Louis Playoffs Points Leader: 1985 (4)
Playoffs Assists Leader: 1983 (3, tie), 1985 (3)
St. Louis Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1984 (32)
1992-93: Played on first Tampa Bay Lightning team.
Broadcasting Career: Named St. Louis TV color commentator prior to
1996-97 season and remained in position through 1997-98 season.
Miscellaneous: Set Colorado/New Jersey franchise single-season record
(since broken) for penalty minutes with 135 in 1979-80. ... Set Colorado/New
Jersey franchise single-season records (since broken) for points by a defenseman (62) and penalty minutes (193) in 1980-81. ... Set Colorado/New
Jersey franchise single-season record (since broken) for penalty minutes with
201 in 1981-82. ... Left Colorado/New Jersey franchise with franchise records
(since broken) for career points by a defenseman (132), career goals by a
defenseman (41) and career assists by a defenseman (91). ... Set St. Louis
single-season records (since broken) for points (51) and assists (35) by defenseman in 1982-83. ... Set St. Louis single-season records (since broken)
for points (60) and assists (45) by a defenseman in 1983-84. ... Missed part
of 1985-86 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during St. Louis'
March 22, 1986, game vs. Montreal. ... Set St. Louis single-season record
(since broken) for points (66) by a defenseman in 1985-86.
... Left St. Louis with franchise record (since broken) for career playoff
points by a defenseman (31). ... Served as St. Louis representative to NHL
Players Association from 1984 to 1987. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with
patella tendinitis in left knee, an injury diagnosed on Nov. 24, 1986. ...
Served as St. Louis captain during 1986-87 season while Brian Sutter was out
with shoulder injury. ... Suspended eight games by NHL in February 1989 for
high-sticking Doug Bodger during Calgary's Jan. 15, 1989, game at Buffalo. ...
Became first and only player in Toronto history to be named team captain
before playing his first game in Maple Leafs uniform. ... Was Toronto's nominee for 1989-90 King Clancy Trophy, awarded annually by the
NHL for community service. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with knee injury
that required surgery on Jan. 23, 1992. ... Missed end of 1992-93 regular
season and start of 1993 playoffs with sprained knee, an injury suffered
during Montreal's April 7, 1993, game at Pittsburgh. ... Voted by St. Louis
fans to Blues' 25th anniversary all-star team in 2002.
|Post-Draft Teams: None|
World Championships: 1981
AWARDS AND HONORS
Education: Studied business at University of
Western Ontario and Washington University in St. Louis during off-seasons of playing days.
Miscellaneous: Invited to Team Canada's 1981 training camp for Canada Cup tournament, but did
not make team. ... Played on St. Louis' off-season charity softball team. ...
Active in charitable causes during his years in St. Louis, including work
with local Big Brothers program. ... Set up degree-completion program for
St. Louis players at the University of Missouri-St. Louis during his playing
days. ... Worked in sports marketing for Anheuser-Busch during off-seasons
playing days in St. Louis. ... Became an investment broker and financial
consultant for AG Edwards in St. Louis after ending his broadcasting career
in 1998. ... Also worked as a youth hockey coach in St. Louis area. ... Became
active in Oldtimers' charity hockey after retirement and also served as NHL
Alumni Association executive after retirement. ... Played in Heroes of
Hockey Game during NHL All-Star Weekend in 1997, 1999 and 2001. ... Named to
defense slot on all-time London (OMJHL/OHL) team by Canadian Hockey
League panel in 1999.
Ramage Charged in Magnuson Death: On Dec. 16,
2003, Ramage landed in the headlines for a tragic reason when he was charged
with impaired driving in the three-car accident that killed former NHL
All-Star defenseman Keith Magnuson. The accident happened on Dec. 15, while
Ramage and Magnuson were driving in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, Ontario.
The two were returning from the funeral of ex-NHL player Keith McCreary in
Bolton, Ontario. McCreary, the chairman of the NHL Alumni Association, had
died from cancer. Both Magnuson, a former NHL Alumni chairman, and Ramage,
the current NHL Alumni vice-chair, had worked extensively with McCreary. On
the way back from McCreary's funeral, at about 5 p.m. ET, Ramage's car
crossed the center line and was struck by an SUV in the oncoming lane. The
SUV was then hit by another car. Magnuson, 56, died instantly, while Ramage
and a woman in one of the other vehicles were also hurt, but their injuries
were not life-threatening. Ramage required surgery for a dislocated hip.
Police charged a hospitalized Ramage with impaired driving resulting in
death -- a violation punishable by up to life in prison. On April 22, 2005,
a Newmarket panel determined there was enough evidence for Ramage to face a
trial in the case on the charge of impaired driving causing death, which
could lead to life imprisonment. He was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on
June 30, 2005.
Personal: Full name is George Robert Ramage.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Colorado traded Ramage to St. Louis for
1982 No. 1 pick (Rocky Trottier) and 1983 No. 1 pick (John MacLean) on June 9, 1982.||
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