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Ramage guilty in drunk-driving crash that killed Magnuson

NEWMARKET, Ontario -- Former NHL player Rob Ramage was found
guilty Wednesday of impaired driving causing death and four other
charges in connection with a wreck that killed former Chicago
Blackhawks star Keith Magnuson.

Magnuson died Dec. 15, 2003, when a rental car driven by Ramage
slammed head-on into another vehicle in Woodbridge. Magnuson was
56.

The 48-year-old Ramage, who lives in St. Louis, is scheduled to
be sentenced Jan. 17. He's facing a jail sentence and his lawyer,
Brian Greenspan, said his permanent residency status in the United
States would be terminated once he's sentenced.

Ramage must return to Canada on Dec. 18 for sentencing
submissions. The most serious conviction, dangerous driving causing
death, carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Greenspan said he would go over the case to see if there were
grounds to appeal.

The prosecution said scientific evidence showed Ramage had up to
four times the legal blood-alcohol limit at the time of the crash,
though none of the hundreds of people at an earlier reception could
say he had a single drink.

The defense claimed blood and urine tests were flawed and that
any smell of beer came from cans that exploded in the accident.

Ramage spent 15 years in the NHL, winning Stanley Cup titles
with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens. He also played for
the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Maple Leafs,
Minnesota North Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers.

"It's a tragedy for all involved, including my family," Ramage
said outside court.