Bruins: Craig Ramsay

Bruins will miss Ramsay

June, 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- Craig Ramsay, who served as an assistant coach with the Bruins from 2007 to 2010 and was named head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, drew high praise from his former team.

When Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who signed a two-year contract with Boston on Thursday, learned the news of Ramsay’s new job he gave him a ringing endorsement.

“He’s a great coach and I wish him well,” Boychuk said.

Ramsay, 59, previously served as an interim head coach for Philadelphia (2000) and Buffalo (1986-1987) and was an assistant with Tampa Bay, Ottawa and Florida.

Early Thursday morning, before the move was official, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli also had kind words for Ramsay.

“If he gets this job with Atlanta, he deserves it and I would congratulate him,” Chiarelli said. “He’s got a lot of strengths that are subtle and that’s what he brings to his coaching.”

Doug Houda and Geoff Ward are the remaining assistant coaches in Boston. There is a chance the Bruins could promote Providence head coach Rob Murray or assistant Bruce Cassidy to replace Ramsay.

“He was a big part of our coaching staff and if we lost him we would have to replace him,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve got a good group with two good assistants and I’ve talked to Claude a little bit about if we lost Ramer, what would we do? We’ve got some plans and I certainly have every bit of confidence in the group already.”

During his time in Boston, Ramsay was best known for his ability to communicate with the players.

“He’s a real common guy and he’s really good one-on-one with guys,” Chiarelli said. “He’s got a ton of experience and he can communicate with the guys on a level that, when you’re day-to-day and you have to communicate and tell guys what they’re doing wrong, it gets tiresome from both sides. He can really connect that way to the players and he can still be passionate.”

Ramsay returns to bench

April, 17, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. –- Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay will be back behind the bench for Game 2 after spending Thursday night in the hospital with a bout of the flu.

Ramsay, a cancer survivor, is hypoglycemic and said he hadn’t had enough to eat and drink. He walked back and forth from the team hotel and rink and ran the stairs here at HSBC Arena before his episode in the locker room on Thursday afternoon.

Once Ramsay got to the hospital he said he was feeling fine, but he was kept over night for precautionary reasons.

“The guys are great and they’re glad to have me back,” said Ramsay. “There were a few shots about taking the night off, especially since I had given Z one about taking the night off in Washington [last regular season game] while I was working. He complained that he was working and I wasn’t. I earned that, no doubt about it.”

Ramsay has dealt with numerous bouts of cancer and tries to stay healthy because of his past history.

“With no stomach, I get hypoglycemic and along with a touch of the flu it was a little unnerving at first, but I had an idea what was happening,” he said. “If I could get it under control and after about a 10-minute incident I felt a lot better. I was feeling fine, but because of the past history they wanted to make sure everything checked out. They wanted to check my heart, but I said, ‘It’s not my heart, boys.’ They were a little panicky so off I went.

“I haven’t had any flu or anything like that since ’93 when they took my stomach out, so it’s been a long time,” he added. “I can’t throw up or be sick, so when you get uncomfortable there’s nothing I can do about it physically. You just have to get through those kinds of things.”

Bruins assistant coach hospitalized

April, 15, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay was taken to Buffalo General Hospital prior to tonight's game.

He walked out of HSBC Arena on his own and was transported to the hospital along with team physical therapist Scott Waugh. Ramsay was diagnosed with the flu and will not return to the rink tonight.

“He’s doing better and should be ok,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game.“There’s a good chance we’ll see him back here tomorrow.”

With Ramsay out, fellow assistant coach Doug Houda, who usually sits on the press level during games, joined Julien on the bench. Bruins goaltender coach Bob Essensa served as the "eye in the sky" in the press box.

“I have a lot of trust in those other two guys like I do in Craig,” said Julien. “It’s unfortunate and we missed him. He’s a great contributor to our team and he brings that presence and experience. We were hoping to play well enough and win this game for him. I know one thing he saw was a team that worked hard and tried their best.”