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Craig Ramsay named Slovakian national coach

Sabres Hall of Famer and former Buffalo coach Craig Ramsay has been named head coach of the Slovakian national team, earning a two-year deal to direct the team in the 2018 Winter Olympics and as the host in the 2019 World Championships.

Who made the choice of Ramsay? Former Sabres 40-goal scorer Miroslav Satan, who is his nation's general manager after serving in a similar role for Team Europe during last year's World Cup of Hockey.

Said Satan in a translated NHL.com story out of Slovakia: "I am glad that such an expert who has worked in the NHL as a player and for many years as a coach in various roles will come to us and help us direct hockey with some new professional matters to a new era."

Ramsay, 66, played his entire NHL career with the Sabres from 1971-1985. He appeared in 1070 games -- second in franchise history to Gilbert Perreault -- while collecting 252 goals and 420 assists for 672 points, fourth in franchise annals. He played every game for nine straight seasons, forging an ironman streak of 776 games that currently ranks fifth all-time. He was inducted into the Sabres Hall in 1986.

Ramsay with the Stanley Cup in 2004 (Getty Images).

Ramsay coached the Sabres briefly during the 1986-87 season, posting a 4-15-2 record after taking over for Scott Bowman. He also spent two years as the head coach of Philadelphia and one season running the bench for the Atlanta Thrashers getting fired by new ownership in 2011 prior to the franchise's move to Winnipeg.

His all-time coaching record is 66-71-19 and he's best known for serving as an assistant to John Tortorella with the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ramsay has been an NHL assistant with several teams, most recently with Edmonton during the 2014-15 season.

He served last year as a consultant with the Montreal Canadiens, who have former Buffalo teammate Rick Dudley as an assistant GM.

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