Wayne Ramsey grew up in rural Manitoba and had plenty of opportunity to learn hockey in Manitoba's winters. He went on to join the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1973 and manned the blueline for the team for four seasons.
In his final year Brandon went to the western finals against the New Westminster Bruins. The Bruins won the series and rolled on to win the Memorial Cup. Ramsey had some consolation for the team's loss when the Buffalo Sabres picked him in 104th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He attended the Sabres training camp in the fall and was assigned to the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League.
After the Bears finished a game in February 1978, Hershey coach Chuck Burton informed Ramsey that the Sabres needed him for their blueline. Wayne hastily made the trip to Buffalo and joined the team for their flight to Minneapolis to play the North Stars on February 4, 1978. The next day the team returned to Buffalo to play the Washington Capitals. Ramsey played an odd shift in both games. The Sabres wound up winning both matches, 4-2 and 4-1. In total, Wayne stayed with the team for about a week before being shipped back to Hershey, where he finished the season with ten goals.
The next season was full of upheaval as Ramsey played for three different teams and in two leagues. He ended the season with the IHL's Toledo Goldiggers. After seasons with the Rochester Americans and Port Huron Flags, Wayne Ramsey chose to retire from professional hockey in 1981. His off-season farming work was taking on greater importance in his life and he made the decision to make that his career.
Ramsey remained active in senior hockey and coaching. Wayne coached his son through his minor hockey career and continued guiding young players in AAA. Wayne Ramsey remains happy with his choices. He still regards his hockey career, and his brief time in the NHL, as a very good experience. It is one experience that can never be taken away from him.