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Oilers bring on coaching veteran Craig Ramsay as assistant coach

Craig Ramsay spent 13 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres during his playing career, before going on to...

Craig Ramsay spent 13 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres during his playing career, before going on to spend more than two decades, off and on, in the NHL coaching ranks. (NHL.com)

Edmonton Sun staff

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have added some deep NHL experience behind the bench.

The team announced Tuesday that it has hired Craig Ramsay as an assitant coach. Ramsay, 63, has more than 40 years of NHL experience as a player and coach.

After 13 seasons as a winger with the Buffalo Sabres, Ramsay began his coaching career with the Sabres, where he served as an assistant coach during the 1986-87 season. He took over as interim head coach late that year.

Ramsay's coaching resume includes a stint as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11). He also served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers (1998-00), then interim head coach in February 2000, compiling a record of 16-8-1-0 while guiding the Flyers to an Atlantic Division title.

In addition, he served as an assistant and associate coach for the Ottawa Senators (1996-98), Florida Panthers (93-95 [under head coach Roger Neilson], 2011-2013), Boston Bruins (2007-10) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2001


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