Craig Ramsay played his junior hockey in Peterborough, Ontario where there must be something unique in the water -- such as high levels of iron. The city has produced such resilient NHLers as Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Steve Larmer, and the durable Ramsay.
Once "Rammer" caught on full-time with the Buffalo Sabres in 1972-73, he played ten-straight seasons with perfect attendance. During that time he became one of the league's premiere defensive forwards.
Shortly after his arrival in Sabres-land, he was united with his close buddy and playing companion, Don Luce. Together the two formed a defensive juggernaut that served as a dragnet aimed at neutralizing the stars of the NHL. After a few years of experimenting with the third member of their line, Danny Gare settled in to form a trio that not only slowed the opposition to a crawl but generated high levels of offense at the same time. In 1979-80, Gare potted 56 goals--on a defensive line! Luce and Ramsay were no slouches either, netting their annual booty of 20-plus goals.
In 1983, Ramsay was finally knocked off stride for a brief time when he broke a bone in his foot, thus ending his iron-man run of 776 consecutive games played. He recovered, however, and continued to serve the Sabres until 1985 when he was offered a coaching position with the team. He accepted the job, thus ending his 14-year run with the club.
As a fitting honour to close out his career, Ramsay was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 1985. Since leaving the ice, Ramsay has coached and scouted for the Sabres, Senators, Stars, Panthers and Flyers.