April 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin men's hockey senior captain John Ramage inked a two year entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, concluding a four-year playing career with the Badgers. The contract begins for the 2013-14 season.
The St. Louis native, who graduates this year with a degree in life sciences communications, was a two-year team captain for the Badgers and finished his senior campaign with career-best totals of eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points. Wisconsin's leader with five game-winning goals in 2012-13, Ramage scored two game-winning tallies in UW's run to the WCHA playoff title. His first two game-winning goals of the season both came in back-to-back overtime games on Jan. 11-12 at Minnesota State, which gave Wisconsin its first-ever road sweep over MSU. For his efforts against the Mavericks, Ramage was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
Ramage finished his Badger career on a four-game point-scoring streak, which included a goal and five points. Over his last eight games, Ramage scored two goals and nine points.
Prior to his two years as Badgers captain, Ramage captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. He also won gold at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Ramage came to Wisconsin from the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In addition to Ramage, sophomore forward Brendan Woods (Yorba Linda, Calif.) signed a professional contract last week. Woods gave up his final two years of eligibility to sign a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has since played one game with Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Woods, UW's top faceoff man in 2012-13, Woods finished the season with five goals and 12 points in 41 games. He scored 10 goals and collected 22 points in 75 career contests.