Craig Ramsay was hired as an assistant coach for the Panthers on July 7, 2011.
Ramsay has nearly 40 years of NHL experience with seven different National Hockey League organizations including the Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Weston, Ontario native spent two seasons (1993-95) with Florida, serving as the team’s associate coach.
Most recently, Ramsay served as head coach of Atlanta for the 2010-11 season. Prior to working in Atlanta, Ramsay served as an assistant coach/associate coach with the Bruins for three seasons (2007-10). Ramsay’s coaching resume also includes serving as the associate coach in Tampa Bay (2001-07), earning a Stanley Cup title in 2004, as well as an assistant coach in Philadelphia (1998-00). Ramsay was named interim head coach of the Flyers in February 2000, guiding the team to a 16-8-1-0 mark while claiming the Atlantic Division title with 105 points.
Before joining Philadelphia, Ramsay worked as an assistant coach for Ottawa (1996-98) and the Panthers (1993-95). He began his coaching career with the Buffalo organization where he served as an assistant coach during the 1986-87 season and took over as interim head coach late in the year. Prior to leaving the Sabres in 1993, Ramsay also served as the team’s director of player personnel and assistant general manager.
Ramsay, who was drafted by Buffalo in the second round (19th overall) in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft, spent his entire NHL playing career with the Sabres, appearing in 1,070 games registering 672 points (252-420-672). He appeared in 776 consecutive games from 1973-1983, which ranks as the fourth longest consecutive games streak in NHL history. He was also named the recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1985, given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Ramsay and his wife Susan have four children, sons Travis, Jad and Brendon and daughter Tristin.