Former Lightning star Rob Ramage is in prison
Rob Ramage, an original member of the Lightning, began serving his four-year prison sentence earlier this week for his role in a car accident that killed fellow former NHL player Keith Magnuson in 2003. He began serving his sentence Monday after the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld his sentence.
Ramage, now 51, was driving a car with Magnuson in the passenger seat outside of Toronto on Dec. 15, 2003 when the car crossed a medium and slammed into two other cars. Magnuson was killed and a toxicology expert estimated from Ramage's blood-alcohol levels that Ramage had consumed "15 to 20 drinks'' before the accident. Ramage was found guilty of impaired driving causing death. However, Magnuson's family asked that Ramage's sentence be reduced, especially because Ramage no longer drinks, is said to be extremely remorseful and lived an exemplary life prior to and after the accident.
Ramage, who played in the NHL from 1979 to 1994, spent just one season a part of one season in Tampa Bay. He played 66 games during the team's inaugural season before being traded to Montreal. He won Stanley Cup rings with the Flames and Canadiens. He also played for the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.