Mike Ramsey, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team, stepped down Thursday as an assistant coach with Minnesota after 10 years with the Wild.
"The Wild thanks Mike for his 10 great years of service to this organization," General Manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. "We respect his decision and appreciate the countless hours and contributions he made to the Minnesota Wild franchise."
Ramsey, 49, was named an assistant coach by the Wild on July 24, 2000, and helped lead the team to a combined record of 331-291-116 and three playoff appearances. Prior to joining the Wild, he spent three seasons as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Minneapolis native was a key member of the 1980 U.S. gold medal-winning team before playing 18 seasons in the NHL, 14 with the Sabres. He played in four NHL All-Star Games (1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986) and Rendez-Vous ‘87. He ranks third on Buffalo's all-time regular-season games played list with 911. In 1,070 career NHL games, Ramsey totaled 79 goals, 266 assists, 345 points and 1,012 penalty minutes (PIM). He participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 15 of his 18 seasons and notched 37 points (8 goals, 29 assists) and 176 PIM in 115 postseason contests.
Ramsey told the Wild's website that with three kids in high school, this was a good time to step away.
"[The decision] is not something that, believe me, happened for me overnight or anything like that," said Ramsey, who informed Fletcher and coach Todd Richards of his decision on Friday. "I've been in the game for 30 years now, and I've been with the Wild for 10. It's been an awesome 10 years, and at the end of the year, you start reflecting on all the things you've done with the team and the time you spent at the rink, and the travel, and this and that. Going forward, I thought it was a good time for me to step down and pursue other things."
"There are things that are done," Richards told the Wild's website. "As far as systems go, and video, a lot of those things are done.
I don't need to be in a rush," he added. "There's lots of very good candidates out there. What I'll make sure I do is take my time and make sure I get the right person."