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20 Years After ‘Wide Right’, One Thing Hasn’t Changed

It was 20 years ago today that Buffalo lost a tough one, and by the narrowest of margins.  The Calgary Flames came into town and beat the Sabres 5-4 at Memorial Auditorium.  Rick Dudley was the Sabres head coach, and his assistant was a young and fiery up-and-comer named John Tortorella. 

Sabres fans and media were questioning the toughness of Dale Hawerchuk and Pierre Turgeon and the worthiness of their $500,000 salaries.  Buffalo media legend Ted Darling was in his final full season in the broadcast booth.  There were captaincy issues as Mike Ramsey had just replaced Mike Foligno, who was traded to Toronto.  The Sabres were an average team trodding along with 51 points near the end of January.

It so happens that there was another game that day, with a little bit more at stake, that was of interest to Buffalo fans, and for that matter people all over the world.

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Mike Ramsey Steps-Down From Wild Asst. Coach Position

from Glen Andresen of MinnesotaWild.com,

The Minnesota Wild learned it has lost its longest-tenured coach, a Wild original and one of the greatest Minnesota hockey products in the state’s history with Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey announcing that he would be stepping down effective immediately.

The 49-year-old Ramsey has been the Wild’s assistant coach since the team’s inception in 2000, and helped lead the team to a combined record of 331-291-116 and three playoff appearances. In an interview with Wild.com, Ramsey said that with three kids in high school, there wasn’t going to be a better time to step aside to be with them.

“[The decision] is not something that, believe me, happened for me overnight or anything like that,” said Ramsey, who informed General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Todd Richards of his decision on Friday. “I’ve been in the game for 30 years now, and I’ve been with the Wild for 10. It’s been an awesome 10 years, and at the end of the year, you start reflecting on all the things you’ve done with the team and the time you spent at the rink, and the travel, and this and that. Going forward, I thought it was a good time for me to step down and pursue other things.”

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Wild Coach Can’t Wait To Fly

from the Pioneer Press,

(Mike) Ramsey has no idea how, when or why the retina became detached. All he knows is that, starting early last month, he had terrible trouble with his vision. Now he’s in his own playoff race.

Doctors will not let him fly until he no longer can see that gas bubble. When it disappears, it means the retina is fully reattached and that Ramsey is free to step into the pressurized cabin of an airplane. Ramsey can’t wait, which is ironic.

There are few worse air travelers than Mike Ramsey, who has been known to lock himself in the restroom for the duration of a team flight. He has been battling a fear of flying his whole career. When he began coaching with the Wild, it flared up

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