Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Les Ramsay
Les Ramsay had a long amateur hockey career with stops in Verdun, Montreal, Washington, Montreal, Glace Bay and Ottawa. During the Second World War Ramsay served with the Canadian Air Force in Canadian Capital. Upon his discharge he joined the Ottawa Commandos in time for their November 24, 1944 game.

While with the Commandos, Ramsay was scouted by Johnny Gottselig, who was working for the Chicago Black Hawks. Gottselig left Ottawa without Ramsay. Controversy arose toward the end of January 1945 when the Cleveland Barons announced the signing of two players, one named Les Ramsay. The only problem was that the Cleveland announcement indicated Ramsay was contracted to the Chicago Black Hawks. This ran against the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association agreement with the NHL that amateur players could not be signed after January 15th without his club's permission. Ottawa team officials promptly asked the CAHA to ban Les Ramsay from amateur competition  which they did. For the next two weeks Ramsay was in limbo as a hockey player. Eventually the log jam broke and he joined the Chicago Black Hawks.

Ramsay made his NHL debut in a scoreless tie against the Montreal Canadiens on February 18, 1945. The game, in Chicago, was remarkable only for a bench-clearing brawl in the second period. On the 21st the Hawks line of Ramsay-Johnny Harms-Mush March led the way in a 5-0 shutout of Boston. Number 7 collected two assists as the line posted six points. It wasn't until March 4 that he collected his first goal, a second period marker that sparked a come-from-behind victory over the Canadiens. His last goal came three nights later against the Rangers. Curiously, Johnny Harms had a hand in all four points Les collected in the NHL. In spite of the fact that Black Hawks rose out of the basement while Ramsay played, the team chose to move in another direction. March, Harms and Ramsay did not play another NHL game after that season.

Ramsay returned to amateur hockey and played in the Quebec and Maritime leagues before retiring as an active player in 1951.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 11 1 5 6 6
1936-37 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 4 1 0 1 0
1937-38 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 9 2 5 7 12
1937-38 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 7 3 1 4 2 5 0 1 1 10
1938-39 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 11 2 10 12 31 3 0 3 3 4
1938-39 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 7 6 2 8 6
1939-40 Washington Eagles EAHL 61 25 52 77 24 3 2 1 3 0
1940-41 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 34 16 23 39 39
1941-42 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 28 8 12 20 16 6 1 2 3 12
1941-42 Glace Bay Miners CBSHL 10 7 2 9 38
1942-43 Ottawa Flyers OCHL 18 11 16 27 33 8 8 5 13 2
1943-44 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 7 2 1 3 8
1944-45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 11 2 2 4 2
1944-45 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 9 5 5 10 6
1945-46 Hull Volants QSHL 13 2 6 8 8
1945-46 Lachine Rapides QPHL 29 4 21 25 20 4 1 2 3 6
1946-47 Lachine Rapides QPHL 50 22 41 63 44 11 3 4 7 6
1947-48 Moncton Hawks MMHL 46 20 32 52 21 11 5 3 8 2
1948-49 Moncton Hawks MMHL 5 2 1 3 2
1948-49 Glace Bay Miners CBSHL 3 2 2 4 2
1948-49 Antigonish Bulldogs NSAPC
1949-50 Plouefe Raftsmen QIHL
1950-51 Saint John Beavers MMHL 7 5 2 7 0 7 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 11 2 2 4 2


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