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Rob Ramage
Born: January 11, 1959, Byron, Ontario
Discipline: Hockey
Years Active: 1978 - 1994
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Ramage was selected first overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his junior career with the London Knights, who have since retired his number 5, and played a season in the WHA for the Birmingham Bulls.
In his rookie season with Colorado, Ramage became a part of history. While the Rockies were playing the New York Islanders, the Rockies’ goaltender left the ice for an extra skater after a delayed penalty was called on the Islanders. Presumably before the penalty was called, the puck deflected off the chest protector of Islanders’ goalie Billy Smith into the corner. Ramage picked up the puck and accidentally made a blind pass from the corner boards in the opposing zone to the blue line. Nobody was there to receive the pass, and so the puck sailed all the way down the length of the ice and into the Colorado net. Smith had been the last Islander to touch the puck, and so he became the first NHL goalie ever to be credited with a goal.
Ramage was traded to the Calgary Flames by St. Louis, along with Rick Wamsley, for Brett Hull.
Ramage’s name is on the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1989 Calgary Flames and the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. He also played in four NHL All-Star Games (1981, 1984, 1986, 1988).