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Flames Best #55 Of All Time: Rob Ramage

It was only one full season in Calgary for Ramage, but it was a memorable one.



The higher numbers in a franchise sometimes hold legends in their grasps. Sometimes they are given out to rookies or players who play less than half a season with the team. All are viable scenarios, but #55 in Flames history belongs to an almost one and done who had a significant impact the season and a half he was with the Flames and that honour goes to Rob Ramage.

Before he landed with the Flames, Ramage was already a veteran of nine NHL seasons, playing in four All Star Games and being Norris Trophy nominated defenceman. The Flames traded for Ramage during the 1987-88 season to add to their already talent laden blue line, by sending future Hockey Hall Of Famer Brett Hull to the St. Louis Blues. On the surface this seems like a bad trade as Hull would go on to dominate the NHL for years, but Ramage’s addition was a key move in getting the Flames back to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1989 and ultimately winning their first and only Cup.

During the 1988-89 season, Ramage played in 68 regular season games that year, scoring three goals and handing out 13 assists. Not lofty numbers you could say, as they were the lowest point totals of his career, but he didn’t have to be the workhorse carrying the team. Ramage played with Al MacInnis, Gary Suter and Brad McCrimmon in Calgary, which meant he didn’t have to be “the man” on the blue line. His rugged and rough style of play suited this Flames team perfectly as he would pile up 156 PIM in those 68 games, adding to an already big and physical Flames squad. That time in the bin was good for 6th overall on the team, a distant 200+ minutes behind team leader Tim Hunter (375).

Where Ramage excelled that season for Calgary was in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the Flames were marching towards the Cup, Rob Ramage would play in 20 games and finish with 12 points and win his first ever Stanley Cup Championship. In a third of the games Ramage played during the regular season, he would have one less point, finish 9th on the team in post season scoring and help propel the Flames to glory.

As quickly as Ramage came, he left. After the Flames hoisted the Stanley Cup, Calgary traded the talented defenceman to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second round pick where he was immediately named Captain of the team. He would play two seasons with the Leafs before making stops in Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal (win his second Stanley Cup) and his final stop in Philadelphia for the end of the 1993-94 season.

All in all Ramage played in 80 regular season games with the Flames, collecting 23 points, but his biggest contributions were in the post season. In effect a one season rental, Ramage was a key player on an extremely talented Flames team that would give Flames fans their one and only Stanley Cup Championship. Twenty plus years after coming to Calgary, the Flames would draft Rob’s son John in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Since 2014, Ramage has been a member of the Montreal Canadiens front office as the Director Of Player Development.

Other Players Having Worn #55 In Flames History

Ken Sabourin (1990-91), Mark Osiecki (1992), Rocky Thompson (1998), Steve Smith (1999-2001), Adam Pardy (2009), Shane O’Brien (2014), John Ramage (2015), Noah Hanifin (2019-20)

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by Mark Parkinson