Ramsey is one of four Maine defensemen who stand
at least 6-foot-2.
Key Statistics: Stats
aren’t Ramsey’s thing. He’s a true
defensive defenseman who hasn’t scored a goal
since his sophomore season. It’s a fair trade,
though, since he was a team-best plus-nine last year,
and is plus-20 over the last two seasons. Most importantly
out of a true blue liner, Ramsey has been whistled for
just 22 penalties while playing in all of Maine’s
82 games in the last two seasons.
What He Does: Ramsey
will be Maine’s leader on the blue line this year.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is a scary physical presence
who plays in all of Maine’s key situations —
power play, penalty kill and the first and last minute
of each period. Ramsey is everything you would think
of someone in a Black Bear uniform. A smart defenseman,
he plays within himself and doesn’t try to do
too much. Ramsey understands his role as a defensive
defenseman and leaves it at that, even though he has
an offensive skill set better than most might think.
The Bigger Picture: Once
an all-league water polo goalie at Long Beach (Calif.)
Polytechnic High School, Ramsey doesn’t have the
true hockey background of most players in Division I.
He came along slowly as a freshman at Maine, but he
has seen “dramatic improvements” each year,
according to coach Tim Whitehead. As someone who has
already shown the ability to lock down a guy for an
entire game, Ramsey should grow into Hockey East’s
best true defenseman as a senior.
Maine head coach Tim Whitehead
on Ramsey: “I think he’s a real
sleeper in a lot of ways, especially at the pro level.
If somebody in the league is looking for a free agent
to watch, as far as a late bloomer, he didn’t
start playing hockey until he was 12 or 13. …
It’s not surprising that it would take him longer
to emerge because he started playing hockey later, and
he came from a non-traditional hockey area. …
He’s the type of player you want as your leader.
He’s tough, and he’s appreciative of his
opportunity because nothing was handed to him. He’s
gone out and worked hard for everything he’s gotten,
becoming a full-scholarship player after starting with
next to nothing. It’s a very good story, and he’s