LIGHTNING ASSOCIATE COACH EXPECTED TO BE AWAY FROM TEAM FOR 2 WEEKS
Tampa Bay Lightning Associate Coach Craig Ramsay will have surgery to remove his prostate on Friday, January 6. Ramsay was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past September. The condition was identified in its earliest stages and Ramsay's doctors are positive he will make a complete and speedy recovery. His surgery will be performed at St. Joseph's Hospital of Tampa by Dr. Frank Mastandrea, an expert in Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomies.
Ramsay will not be with the team when it travels to the northeast on January 1 and it is hoped that Ramsay will be able to rejoin the Lightning for the team's west coast road trip later in the month. While Ramsay is away from the team, former Lightning defenseman and current Springfield Falcons assistant coach Darren Rumble will work behind the bench with head coach John Tortorella.
Ramsay, 54, has been with the Lightning for six seasons, first joining the team in the middle of the 2000-01 season. He assists Tortorella with all aspects of the game, with an emphasis on special teams and defense.
Rumble is in his first full season with the Springfield Falcons after playing six NHL seasons and winning a Stanley Cup ring with the Lightning in 2003-04.The 36-year-old retired in 2004-05, rejoining the organization in a role designed to help develop the team's young defensive prospects. He will remain behind the bench with the Lightning until Ramsay's return.