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John Ramage
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Born February 7 1991 (1991-02-07) (age 26),
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 2010
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2013–present

John Ramage (born February 7, 1991) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Cleveland Monsters in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ramage was a fourth round selection of the Flames (103rd overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Ramage played four seasons of college hockey with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and has twice won a medal as a member of the American junior national team: Gold at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and bronze as captain of the American junior national team that won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He turned professional in 2013 and made his NHL debut in 2015.

Early lifeEdit

John Ramage was born in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario, when his father, Rob was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was raised in the St. Louis area suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri. He is the son of former National Hockey League (NHL) player Rob Ramage and his wife Dawn, and has two elder sisers, Tamara and Jacklyn. John followed his father into hockey, and played for his hometown St. Louis Bandits in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in 2007–08 before joining the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) for a year. While a member of the program, Ramage represented Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships and recorded one assist in seven games for the gold medal-winning squad.

At least four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools attempted to recruit Ramage, as did the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Ramage accepted a scholarship offer to attend the University of Wisconsin and play with the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team beginning in the 2009–10 season.[1] At Wisconsin, Ramage majored in life sciences communication and completed his four-year degree.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Ramage played four seasons with the Badgers between 2009 and 2013.[4] As a freshman in 2009–10, he scored 2 goals and added 10 assists in 41 games.[2] He also joined the United States junior national team for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Ramage recorded three assists in seven games and the Americans defeated the host Canadians in the final to win the gold medal.[5][6] Ramage played in his second World Junior Championship in 2011; he served as team captain for the bronze medal-winning Americans.[7]

At the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ramage was selected in the fourth round, 103rd overall, by the Calgary Flames – one of his father's former teams.[7] He remained at Wisconsin, and in his sophomore season of 2010–11, scored 1 goal and added 10 assists.[4] Named the Badger's captain in his junior season of 2011–12, Ramage initially struggled and finished with only 10 points in 37 games.[2][3] Wanting to complete his degree and to continue to develop as a player, Ramage declined an opportunity to turn professional with the Flames and instead returned to Wisconsin for his senior season.[3] Ramage enjoyed his best collegiate season in 2012–13 as he tallied 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 42 games.[4] In 157 games over four years, he scored 14 goals and 53 points.[8]

ProfessionalEdit

Upon completing his college career, Ramage signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames.[8] He began the 2013–14 season with Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, where he recorded only 1 assist in 50 games.[4] The Flames demoted him to the ECHL's Alaska Aces, a development that Ramage later said benefited him as he received increased responsibilities with Alaska.[9] He appeared in the team's final six regular season games, during which he recorded one goal. He then added 4 more goals and 13 assists in 20 playoff games as the Aces won the Kelly Cup championship.[4][9]

Returning to the AHL for the 2014–15 season, Ramage was assigned to Calgary's relocated affiliate, the Adirondack Flames. He recorded 14 points with the team in 53 games before earning his first NHL recall on April 10, 2015.[10] He made his NHL debut the following day in a 5–1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.[11] Following the season, the Flames chose not to extend a qualifying offer to Ramage on a new contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.[12] On July 3, 2015, Ramage signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[13] He contributed to the Lake Erie Monster Calder Cup Championship during the 2015-16 season.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Emily Ramage (née Butrym) on July 11, 2015 in Libertyville, Illinois.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 St. Louis Bandits USHL 45 4 5 9 75
2008–09 U.S. National Development Team Ind. 54 2 8 10 44
2009–10 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 41 2 10 12 51
2010–11 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 37 1 10 11 59
2011–12 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 37 3 7 10 62
2012–13 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 42 8 12 20 65
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 50 0 1 1 46
2013–14 Alaska Aces ECHL 6 1 0 1 6 20 4 9 13 20
2014–15 Adirondack Flames AHL 57 3 12 15 81
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 68 8 19 27 67 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 69 4 21 25 67
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC-U18 Gold medal icon 7 0 1 1 2
2010 United States WJC Gold medal icon 7 0 3 3 5
2011 United States WJC Bronze medal icon 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 20 0 4 4 9

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Lake Erie Monsters) 2016 [15]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

a  Sources disagree on where Ramage was born. The National Hockey League's website says Mississauga, Ontario,[4] however the Calgary Flames Media Guide,[16] the IIHF Guide and Record Book,[5] Winnipeg Free Press,[17] and Canadian Press all give St. Louis.[8] John's father Rob was playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time of his birth, but had previously spent six seasons in St. Louis.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Baggot, Andy. "Ramage commits to UW", Wisconsin State Journal, 2008-12-07. Retrieved on 2015-04-11.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named UWBio
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sportak, Randy. "Bucking the trend", Calgary Sun, 2012-07-14, p. S2. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 John Ramage player card. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2015-04-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 (2011) IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation, 424. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  6. WJC History: 2010 - Regina and Saskatoon. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2015-04-11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gilbertson, Wes. "Flames future — Ramage lets his play do the talking as Flames prospect", Calgary Sun, 2012-12-04. Retrieved on 2015-04-10. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Flames sign college defenceman John Ramage to two-year contract", The Globe and Mail, 2013-04-18. Retrieved on 2015-04-11. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gilbertson, Wes. "Duo not high-profile Calgary Flames prospects, but they know how to win", Calgary Sun, 2014-09-16. Retrieved on 2015-04-11. 
  10. Nearhos, Diana C.. "Calgary recalls four, could hurt Adirondack's playoffs hopes", Glens Falls Post-Star, 2015-04-11. Retrieved on 2015-04-11. 
  11. Gilbertson, Wes. "Kulak no coaster", Calgary Sun, 2015-04-12, p. S2. 
  12. Odland, Kristen. "Flames GM making offers", Calgary Herald, 2015-06-30, p. C7. 
  13. "Blue Jackets sign defenceman John Ramage to one-year, two-way contract", Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club, 2015-07-03. Retrieved on 2015-07-03. 
  14. "Ramage marriage". imgur.com (2015-04-03). Retrieved on 2015-04-03.
  15. Brown, Tony (June 12, 2016). Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship. Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved on June 12, 2016.
  16. (2014) 2014–15 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames, 121. 
  17. Turner, Randy. "Chips off the old blocks flying around the ice in Buffalo", Winnipeg Free Press, 2010-12-29. Retrieved on 2015-04-11.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  18. Rob Ramage biography. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2015-04-11.

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