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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Ramsay's streak ends

   Feb. 12, 1983 -- Buffalo Sabres' fans had gotten used to seeing Craig Ramsay in the lineup -- day in, day out. 

   Ramsay was called up from Cincinnati during the 1971-72 season, and quickly found a home on the team's checking line. He stayed there almost indefinitely, quickly building a reputation as one of the best two-way players in hockey.

   Ramsay played in 776 games -- at the time the fourth-longest streak in NHL history -- before he had to miss a game on this date. A broken foot took him out of the lineup for a game in Calgary. He missed the rest of the season, but came back for two more years -- and won the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 1984-85.

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--- Budd Bailey

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