2016 Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Goalie - Toledo Mercurys, Blades, Hornets (1958-1974)
Born: January 20, 1935
Archival video footage courtesy of WGTE Public Media
The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was named the greatest goaltender in the 50-plus year history of the International Hockey League. His illustrious career included 12 seasons in Toledo and backstopping the Toledo Blades to two Turner Cup titles in 1964 and 1967.
After playing two seasons in juniors with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League between 1953 and 1955, Ramsay turned pro and played two seasons with Cincinnati before making his first appearance in Toledo, that being a brief stint with the Toledo Mercurys in 1959.
Ramsay would become a five-time winner of the IHL’s James Norris Memorial Trophy before coming back to Toledo in 1963 with the Toledo Blades. In 1964, he won his sixth and final Norris Trophy as well as helping the Blades win the Turner Cup.
In 1965, Ramsay played 9 games with Springfield of the AHL before returning to Toledo. He once again helped to bring the Turner Cup back to Toledo in 1967. After 7 seasons with the Blades, the team folded. However, Ramsay was back in Toledo when the Hornets franchise played at the Toledo Sports Arena from 1970 until 1974.
For most of his career, the NHL was a 6-team league, which made it hard for goalies to make it up to the major pro level. He also started in an era where goalies played without a mask. Over the years protective equipment developed to help protect goaltenders from puck-flying injuries. Ramsay’s job was always to protect the net, and in Toledo, nobody has done it better than Glenn Ramsay.