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Craig Ramsay To Be Assistant Coach in Florida

Craig Ramsay is set replace Jim Hulton on the Florida Panthers coaching staff as the offensive coach, or associate coach.

Craig Ramsay began his hockey career with the Peterborough Petes in 1968. Ramsay spent four seasons in Peterborough before he caught the attention of many scouts and in 1971 he was drafted 19th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft

He was one of the first Panthers’ assistant coaches in the early years of the team and later served in Ottawa, Philadelphia, Boston and Tampa before being named head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, making him the last coach in Atlanta Thrashers history after being let go following the announcement of the team moving back to Winnipeg.

Was he disappointed at not being retained by the Thrashers Sportsnet.ca’s Mike Brophy asked him…

“Not at the end of it, I certainly wasn’t,” Ramsay said. “I never got a phone call from the Winnipeg people when they apparently bought the team. None of us did. There are always three choices: ‘We want you; we don’t want you or we really don’t know at this point because we don’t have a general manager in place.’ At least then the communication is open and you’ve spoken to the (new owners) and that didn’t happen. It’s disappointing. I think with 40 years in the business you deserve a call from them to let you know where things stand and where they think they are headed.…

“My philosophy is really pretty simple: I want to be aggressive and to attack,” he said. “I want to play a fun style of hockey; something that is fun for the players to play and fun for the fans to watch. If you go back to my playing days when I was on the checking line in Buffalo with Don Luce and Rick Dudley for a bit and then with Don Luce and Danny Gare, we also contributed on offence.

While I understand the philosophy of being good defensively, I truly believe in a red line-in game rather than a red line-back game. I want to get the puck and force teams to play in their own zone and keep pressure on them.” (Mike Brophy)

Looks like a solid pickup for the Panthers who really need that offensive coach to help the powerplay along. Hopefully this will result is smarter, more aggressive play on the man-advantage and lead to more success from a team that doesn’t boast a lot of snipers.

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