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12-16-2003, 06:09 PM

VAUGHAN, Ont. -- Police have charged former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage after a deadly car crash.

Ramage is charged with impaired driving causing death.

Keith Magnuson, a rough-and-tumble defenceman regarded as one of the Chicago Blackhawks' all-time greats, was killed in a three-car accident near Toronto on Monday, the NHL team announced.

He was 56.

Magnuson played for Chicago from 1969-80 and coached the team for two seasons. He was riding with former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage, Blackhawks spokesman Jim De Maria said.

"He was hard-nosed. He was a tough guy,'' De Maria told The Associated Press. "He wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a great player.''

Ramage was hospitalized with injuries from the accident.

Police had been waiting to notify next of kin before confirming the identity of either player but the Blackhawks put the news of his death on their website.

"Keith was an outstanding human being and the Blackhawks extend their deepest sympathies to the Magnuson family,'' said Blackhawks president William Wirtz.

Magnuson and Ramage were reportedly on their way back to Toronto from nearby Bolton, Ont., where they attended the funeral of NHL Alumni Association chair Keith McCreary, who died last week after a battle with cancer.

Magnuson is the association's past chair while Ramage is vice-chair.

"He was a member of the alumni association of the Blackhawks and of the NHL,'' said De Maria. "He was always down at the United Center and he always wished the team well.''

York Region Const. Steve Morrell said police would not release identities until Tuesday. All he would say is that the deceased was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a man taken to hospital.

An official at William Osler Health Center in west-end Toronto said Ramage was headed for surgery late Monday but wouldn't confirm his condition. Media reports say he suffered a broken femur, the big bone in the upper leg, and was in stable condition.

Another woman from a different vehicle was in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The accident occurred at around 5 p.m., in Vaughan, a suburb just north of Toronto.

"We're still investigating, but it looks like one car crossed over the centre median,'' said Morrell.

Magnuson, a native of Saskatoon, played in 589 games over 11 seasons, all of them with the Blackhawks.

He collected just 14 goals and 125 assists but amassed 1,442 penalty minutes and was an intimidating presence on the Hawks blue-line. Magnuson played in the 1971 and 1972 all-star games.

In 1984 Magnuson was named to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame and was added to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1990. He was named to Chicago's 75th anniversary team three years ago.

Ramage, 44, played in 1,044 games in the NHL from 1979 to 1994, scoring 139 goals with 425 assists. The native of Byron, Ont., captained the Maple Leafs from 1989 to 1991.

He also played for the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis, Calgary, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Philadelphia.

12-16-2003, 07:05 PM
fuck, you think they would get the point.... but its still cool to drink and drive! :thumbsup: :rolleyes:

12-16-2003, 07:12 PM
I just saw this on the news... He played for the flames in the 88-89 stanly sup season, and they were returning hoem to toronto from a funeral....