Oilers hire NHL veteran Craig Ramsay as assistant coach
Edmonton's new assistant coach Craig Ramsay draws up a play while working for the Florida Panthers in October 2013.
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers have hired Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach.
The 63-year-old has more than 40 years of NHL experience since being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as a forward in 1971.
After spending his entire playing career in Buffalo, Ramsay moved behind the Sabres' bench. He served as an assistant with the team during the 1986-87 season and took over as interim head coach late that year.
He also spent time as Buffalo's assistant general manager and director of player personnel prior to his departure in 1993.
He served as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11. He was also an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers (1998-2000) and was the team's interim head coach in February 2000, compiling a record of 16-8-1-0 while guiding the Flyers to an Atlantic Division title.
He has worked as an assistant or associate coach for several teams including the Ottawa Senators (1996-98), Florida Panthers (1993-95, 2011-13), Boston Bruins (2007-10) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2001-07), where he won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
As a player, Ramsay had 672 points (252 goals, 420 assists) and 201 penalty minutes in 1,070 games with Buffalo. He won the 1985 Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.