Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Ramage
Rob Ramage gained fame among professional scouts during his three-year term with his hometown London Knights of the OHA. There the big blueliner looked like rock-solid NHL material with a complete package of offensive and defensive tools. He also displayed a penchant for leadership.

Ramage survived his brush with the law unscathed. He was selected 1st overall in the NHL Draft by the Colorado Rockies in 1978. But with the WHA still hanging on, Ramage skipped his final year of junior to make some cash and expedite his development with the Burmingham Bulls. There he joined an all-star lineup of under-aged "phenoms" in Rick Vaive, Craig Hartsburg, Pat Riggin, and Gaston Gingras.

The following year, he joined the Colorado Rockies and embarked on a path of frustration, discovery, and confusion. The club was floundering and expectations for recovery were crammed inside Ramage's helmet. While struggling to lead a blueline corps in disarray, he developed some bad playing habits. But it was not until he was traded to St. Louis, by his own request that he could begin to address the shortcomings in his game.

With the Blues, he fell under the tutelage of former NHLer Barclay Plager. Plager went to work immediately to iron his protégé's game into the smooth surface it was meant to be. Ramage quickly evolved into a defensive mainstay, performing on power plays, killing penalties, contributing key offensive plays, and keeping his own zone clear.

In 1987-88, however, the Blues couldn't resist the opportunity to snag Brett Hull from the Flames. It took parting with Ramage to get the deal done. In Calgary, his role changed from defensive workhorse to a more routine role of defending at full strength. The Flames were already replete with special-teams defenders in McCrimmon, Suter, Macoun, and MacInnis. The reward to Ramage in swallowing his reduced role was a Stanley Cup victory in 1989.

The following season marked the start of the second phase of Ramage's career?the part that involved being traded across the league on a frequent basis. First, he went to the Leafs where he served as the club's captain until they accidentally let him get picked off by the Minnesota North Stars in the Expansion Draft of 1991. With the Stars, he was used as nothing more than a spare part. A season later he was again claimed in an Expansion Draft, this time by Tampa Bay. There, Ramage served as an aging mainstay, doing his best to help provide stability in the unstable environment of a newly formed team.

After only 66 games with the Lightning, he was sent to Montreal where he performed briefly before heading to Philly where he rounded out his career after only 15 games. Since his retirement, Ramage has worked as a colour analyst for Blues' television broadcasts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 London Knights OMJHL 65 12 31 43 113 5 0 1 1 11
1976-77 London Knights OMJHL 65 15 58 73 177 20 3 11 14 55
1976-77 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 6
1977-78 London Knights OMJHL 59 17 48 65 162 11 4 5 9 29
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 1 3 4 6
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 80 12 36 48 165
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 75 8 20 28 135 -40
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 79 20 42 62 193 -46
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 80 13 29 42 201 -47
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 16 35 51 193 -9 4 0 3 3 22
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 15 45 60 121 -11 11 1 8 9 32
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 7 31 38 178 -7 3 1 3 4 6
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 10 56 66 171 +18 19 1 10 11 66
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 11 28 39 108 -12 6 2 2 4 21
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 8 34 42 127 -20
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 12 1 6 7 37 +16 9 1 3 4 21
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 68 3 13 16 156 +26 20 1 11 12 26
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 8 41 49 202 -1 5 1 2 3 20
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 10 25 35 173 +2
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 34 4 5 9 69 -4
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 5 12 17 138 -21
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 0 1 1 8 -3 7 0 0 0 4
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 1 1 2 -1
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 0 1 1 14 -11
NHL Totals 1044 139 425 564 2226 84 8 42 50 218


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
WHA First All-Star Team (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1984, 1986, 1988)
Signed as an underage free agent by Birmingham (WHA), June, 1978. Traded to St. Louis by New Jersey for St. Louis' 1st round choice (John MacLean) in 1983 Entry Draft, June 9, 1982. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with Rick Wamsley for Brett Hull and Steve Bozek, March 7, 1988. Traded to Toronto by Calgary for Toronto's 2nd round choice (Kent Manderville) in 1989 Entry Draft June 16, 1989. Claimed by Minnesota from Toronto in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Montreal by Tampa Bay for Eric Charron, Alain Cote and future considerations (Donald Dufresne, June 18, 1993), March 20, 1993. Traded to Philadelphia by Montreal for cash, November 28, 1993.