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Taking a look back on Tim Ramholt's brief NHL career

Colton Pankiw   ·   22 février 2020
You may not know the name Tim Ramholt. Not very many would. The Swiss defenceman was a high pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 draft, going 39th overall. It appeared to be the beginning of a bright career, however it never ended up turning out that way.

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During the 2007-08 season, nearly five years after being drafted, Ramholt had earned his first NHL call up with the flames. It didn’t end up getting much more exciting after that unfortunately, as his stay would be extremely brief.

Calgary Flames head coach at the time, Mike Keenan, apparently wasn’t a fan of Ramholt’s game and benched him less than six minutes into the game. The Flames went on to lose to the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-1. To make matters even worse, Ramholt was on the ice when the Ducks scored in the first period to tie the game up at one, which resulted in his benching. Ramholt finished the game with a -1 rating in exactly 45 seconds of ice time. Just a few days later, the Flames sent him back to the AHL.

“That was tough on me, definitely tough on me,” Ramholt says, looking back on it. “In this time (of my career), I had to focus on keeping it going and showing that I should be called back up.”

That call to return to the NHL level never came. Fast forward almost a year, and Ramholt made the decision to return over seas and play in his home country Switzerland. He carved out an extremely impressive career in Switzerland, which lasted nine years, until his retirement in 2018.

The NHL started tracking ice time back in 1997, and because of this, Ramholt has the second shortest NHL career of all time. The only player to have a shorter career was New York Islanders defenceman Jeff Libby, who played 43 seconds.

“That’s awesome, really. It’s too bad I’m not first,” joked Ramholt.

Now in 2020, Ramholt has transitioned into a completely separate career. He is the lead singer and lyricist for the band We And The Bulls. They released their first album which is called “Circle Mind”, on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services on January 6th. The music, as Ramholt describes, is mostly a bluesy rock genre.

The band is full of athletes, as guitarists Eric Blum and Roman Wick still play professionally in the top league in Switzerland. Bassist Romano Lemm also plays, although in a tier below Blum and Wick. The bands drummer, Fabian Gass, is the only member of the group who hasn’t played professional hockey at some point.

“This is cool, to have this other element, something artsy. Music is more intellectual, hockey is more physical. It’s a great balance,” says Ramholt. Regarding dropping the album, Ramholt adds: “Nobody would have thought this is really possible. And now it’s something on the map. Athletes can form bands.”

Even though he was able to get to the NHL level which he had dreamed about for a long time, the final result left a bitter taste in his mouth for some time. Over the years however, he is able to look back at it in a different light.

“I didn’t get a second chance, so that really sucks. It’s definitely something that was hard to get over. I got over it because I really feel like I had an amazing career in going back to Switzerland,” Ramholt explains.



“But, not getting that second chance, that second game, that’s definitely something I can write another couple of songs about.”

Source: John Matisz
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What French monument is point 0 on the roads of France?
EIFFEL TOWER
LIDO
NOTRE-DAME-DE-PARIS
TRIUMPHAL ARCH
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Which scenario would you prefer if the NHL season restart?
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IMMEDIATELY PLAYOFFS WITH 16 TEAMS
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