Latest charge: blood-alcohol over legal limit

Updated: January 15, 2004, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWMARKET, Ont. -- Retired NHL defenseman Rob Ramage was charged Thursday with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit in the crash that killed former Chicago Blackhawks player and coach Keith Magnuson.

Ramage had already been charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. His next court date is March 4.

Magnuson, 56, was a passenger in the car Ramage was driving Dec. 15, 2003, when their vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck an SUV, which was then hit by another car, police said.

Magnuson was a rugged defenseman for the Blackhawks from 1969-80 and coached the team for 1½ seasons. He played in 589 games over 11 seasons, all with Chicago.

Ramage played in the NHL from 1979-94, totaling 139 goals at 425 assists. He captained the Maple Leafs from 1989-91. He also played for the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis, Calgary, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Philadelphia.

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