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Ramsay is Thrashers' new coach

Craig Ramsay had to wait a decade for his next chance to be an NHL head coach. His old friend and former roommate, Rick Dudley, provided that opportunity.

Ramsay, who spent the last three years as an assistant with the Boston Bruins, was named the Atlanta Thrashers coach on Thursday. He joins Dudley, recently promoted to general manager, as the new leaders of a franchise that is starved for success.

Ramsay, 59, said he wasn't sure he would have another chance to direct a team after a successful but short stint as an interim head coach for Philadelphia in 2000.

"It goes through your mind," Ramsay said. "I've been in this business an awfully long time as a player and a coach. You start to look at it and think maybe that opportunity won't present itself again."

Ramsay replaces John Anderson, who was fired after the Thrashers (35-34-13) missed the playoffs.

Dudley said hiring Ramsay was an easy choice. The two played together with the Buffalo Sabres and AHL Cincinnati. When Dudley was Tampa Bay's general manager, he hired Ramsay as an assistant coach on a team that won the 2004 Stanley Cup.

Another former Sabre, Mike Foligno, was hired as an assistant coach by the Anaheim Ducks.

And NHL owners unanimously agreed Thursday to penalize blindside hits to the head with five-minute in-game penalties and ejections.


Canisius rowers at national camp

Two Canisius High School rowers have been invited by USRowing to the Junior Men's National Team Sweep Selection Camp, being held through July 11 in West Windsor, N.J.

James Hamp and Keith Tompkins will attend the camp held to select the junior men's eight and junior men's four with coxswain that will represent the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior Championships, Aug. 5-8 in the Czech Republic.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.