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Former Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay named Oilers assistant

Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 4:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Former Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay named Oilers assistant

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have hired Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach.

The 63-year-old has over 40 years of N-H-L 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.

The Weston, Ont., served as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11. He also served as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers (1998-2000) and was named 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 served 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 accumulated 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.

The team also announced that after spending the past six seasons behind the Oilers bench as an assistant coach, former Oilers captain Kelly Buchberger will transition into a new role in player personnel.

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