Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- William Ramsay
Defenseman Beattie Ramsay was born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, in 1895, and went on to enjoy tremendous success in all levels of the game junior, collegiate, international and the pros.

He was a member of the University of Toronto junior team, captained by Conn Smythe, that won the OHA junior title in 1915 the first time in 23 years that U of T had captured the crown. Later that year, the entire team enlisted for service in World War I, and Ramsay served in Italy with the Royal Flying Corps.

From 1919 until 1922 Ramsay was a member of the powerhouse U of T senior team that went to the Allan Cup finals in 1920 and won the trophy in 1921 after an undefeated season. The team also won the senior intercollegiate championship three years in a row. In 1922-23 Ramsay was made an honorary coach of U of T's senior and intermediate teams, and both of them won their respective intercollegiate championships. That same year, he joined the Toronto Granite squad that captured the OHA senior title and the Allan Cup.

In 1924 Ramsay went with the Granites to Chamonix, France, to compete in the Olympic Games. The Canadian squad, coached by Frank Rankin and featuring stars such as Cyril "Sig" Slater, Reginald "Hooley" Smith, Harry Watson and Dunc Munro, won the gold medal. The team blasted Czechoslovakia 30-0, Sweden 22-0 and Switzerland 33-0 in the preliminary round, before defeating Great Britain 19-2 and the U.S. 6-1 in the finals. Ramsay contributed to the deluge of goals with a hat-trick against the Czechs, five goals against Sweden and a pair against the Swiss. Ramsay also had the honor of refereeing contests between France and Great Britain, and France and the U.S.

After the Games, Ramsay coached for two seasons at Princeton University, the Ivy League juggernaut, then joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927-28 for their first full NHL campaign. There he played alongside two other legendary Leaf defenders, Hap Day and Ace Bailey.

After playing in his only NHL season, Ramsay coached the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan league, then continued his coaching career with the Prince Albert Mintos from 1932-1934, and the Regina Aces from 1934-1936.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1919-20 University of Toronto OHA-Sr. 6 3 2 5 6 4 4 8
1920-21 University of Toronto OHA-Sr. 10 5 4 9 3 0 1 1
1920-21 University of Toronto Al-Cup 5 6 2 8
1921-22 University of Toronto OHA-Sr. 10 11 4 15
1922-23 Toronto Granites OHA-Sr. 2 0 0 0 0
1922-23 University of Toronto Al-Cup 6 3 3 6 0
1923-24 Toronto Granites Exhib. 12 7 7 14
1923-24 Canada Olympics 5 10 6 16
1924-25 Princeton University Tigers Ivy
1925-26 Princeton University Tigers Ivy
1926-27 Princeton University Tigers Ivy
1927-28 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 0 2 2 10
1928-29 Yorkton Terriers S-SSHL
NHL Totals 43 0 2 2 10

OHA-Sr. First All-Star Team (1921, 1922) Signed as a free agent by Toronto, March 17, 1927.
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