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Ramage was selected first overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1979 Entry Draft. His National Hockey League career spanned from 1979 until 1994, during which he played for the Rockies, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames, the Minnesota North Stars, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
In his rookie season with Colorado, Ramage became a part of history in a rather embarrassing way. In a game against the New York Islanders, with his team's goalie having been pulled in the midst of a delayed penalty for an extra attacker, Ramage accidentally made a blind pass from the corner boards in the opposing zone to the blue line. Nobody was there to retrieve the pass, and so the puck sailed all the way down the length of the ice and into the Colorado net. NY Islanders goalie Billy Smith was the last Islander to touch the puck, and so he became the first goalie ever to be credited with a goal.
In spite of this gaffe, and in spite of being traded very often during his career, he got his name engraved on the prestigious Stanley Cup twice as a member of the 1989 Calgary Flames and the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. His role was limited on the 1989 Calgary Flames, though, due to an already-strong Calgary defensive corps featuring the likes of Al MacInnis and Gary Suter.
On December 15, 2003, Ramage was behind the wheel when his car swerved into the oncoming lane and got into an accident, killing passenger and former Chicago Blackhawk Captain Keith Magnuson . Charged with impaired driving causing death, Ramage's future remains uncertain.
Career Statistics: 139 goals scored, 425 assists over 1,044 games played.
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