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Ric Nattress was a solid positional defenceman in his own end who could move the puck up ice to his forwards with a minimum of difficulty. He played over 500 regular season games for five different teams and helped the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup in 1989.

The native of Hamilton, Ontario was drafted 27th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft after a fine rookie season with the Brantford Alexanders of the OHA. He was returned to junior and registered 84 assists in two years while playing a hard-nosed style behind his own blueline.

"Stash" made his pro debut by playing five Calder Cup playoff games for the Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1982. He played 40 games for the rebuilding Habs in 1982-83 but his role was reduced over the next two seasons. In addition, he served a 30-game suspension after being charged with possession of marijuana and hashish.

Nattress' career was given a boost just prior to the 1985-86 season when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for cash. His defensive savvy clicked with the style of play favoured by coach Jacques Demers and the Blues reached the semi-finals for the first time in 14 years. The next year he teamed with Jim Pavese and was a top penalty killer as St. Louis finished first in the Norris Division before being upset in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In June 1987, the veteran rearguard was traded to the Calgary Flames where played a steady defensive role on one of the league's top teams. The Flames topped the NHL in points during the 1987-88 season then won it all the next year in a six-game final versus Montreal. Nattress continued to be a stalwart on the club's blueline and represented Canada at the 1991 World Championships.

Part way through the 1991-92 season, he was traded to the Maple Leafs in the deal that saw centre Doug Gilmour and veteran Jamie Macoun head east and Gary Leeman as the key figure heading to the Flames. Nattress provided stability to the previously weak Toronto defence and helped the team come close to making the post-season. In the off-season he decided to explore his options and signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. He played 44 games in Philly before calling it quits after the 1992-93 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Hamilton Huskies Minor-ON 40 21 28 49 76
1979-80 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 65 3 21 24 94 11 1 6 7 38
1980-81 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 51 8 34 42 106 6 1 4 5 19
1981-82 Brantford Alexanders OHL 59 11 50 61 126 11 3 7 10 17
1981-82 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 5 0 1 1 7
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 1 3 4 19 +8 3 0 0 0 10
1982-83 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 9 0 4 4 16
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 0 12 12 15 -11
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2 2 0 0 0 2
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 72 8 40 48 37 16 4 13 17 20
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 4 20 24 52 -8 18 1 4 5 24
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 6 22 28 24 -34 6 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 63 2 13 15 37 +14 6 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 38 1 8 9 47 +12 19 0 3 3 20
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 49 1 14 15 26 +14 6 2 0 2 0
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 58 5 13 18 63 -1 7 1 0 1 2
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 7 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 18 0 5 5 31 0
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 2 14 16 32 -1
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 7 10 17 29 +1
NHL Totals 536 29 135 164 377 67 5 10 15 60


Rights traded to St. Louis by Montreal for cash, October 7, 1985. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis for Calgary's 4th round choice (Andy Rymsha) in 1987 Entry Draft and Calgary's 5th round choice (Dave Lacouture) in 1988 Entry Draft, June 13, 1987. Traded to Toronto by Calgary with Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Kent Manderville and Rick Wamsley for Gary Leeman, Alexander Godynyuk, Jeff Resse, Michel Petit and Craig Berube, January 2, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 21, 1992.
Officially announced his retirement, October 8, 1993.