Ramage sentenced to 4 years for crash that killed Blackhawks' Magnuson

Updated: January 17, 2008, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWMARKET, Ontario -- Former NHL player Rob Ramage was sentenced to four years in prison for a 2003 crash that killed ex-Chicago Blackhawks player Keith Magnuson.

Magnuson, 56, died at the scene when a rental car driven by Ramage slammed head-on into another car north of Toronto. In October, a jury found Ramage guilty on all five charges he faced, including impaired driving causing death.

Ramage, 49, is also banned from driving for five years after his release.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Ramage will be allowed to appeal his conviction. Ramage's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said he would appeal the conviction and sentence.

While his appeal is being processed, the court ordered Ramage to reside at his home in St. Louis, abstain from alcohol and not operate a motor vehicle.

The prosecution said Ramage had up to four times the legal blood-alcohol limit at the time of the crash. The defense claimed blood and urine tests were flawed.

Ramage spent 15 years in the NHL with eight teams, winning the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens.

In November, a Missouri jury awarded the Magnuson family $9.5 million in the civil suit against Ramage and National Car Rentals of Canada.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press