Defenceman Rick Lessard played a handful of games with the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks in the 80s and 90s. He was a hard-nosed competitor who played the body and could pass the puck fairly well.
Born in Timmins, Ontario, Lessard spent for years providing grit on the Ottawa 67's of the OHA. He was claimed 142nd overall by the Flames in 1986 then returned for two more years of junior. The young rearguard played six games for Calgary when it dominated the Campbell Conference in 1988-89. He spent most of the next three years earning his stripes with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL. In 1989 he was voted on to the IHL first all-star team after recording 52 points and 239 penalty minutes.
In May, 1991, Lessard was picked by the San Jose Sharks in the Expansion Draft. He played eight games for the Sharks in 1991-92 but spent most of the year helping the Kansas City Blades win the IHL's Turner Cup. He then spent the next two years bouncing around the minors before retiring in 1994.