Where are they now?

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Despite playing in hockey havens such as Montreal and Toronto, Ric Nattress flashes his gap-toothed grin when asked about his favourite NHL stop as a player.

"Easy, Calgary -- that's home to my greatest memories," said Nattress, now 43, from his Hamilton home.

"Everybody thinks it must've been with the Habs or the Leafs but especially getting to play for a man like (general manager) Cliff Fletcher... he's one of the most honest men in hockey."

Patrolling Calgary's blueline alongside Jamie Macoun from 1987 to 1992, Nattress captured his one and only Stanley Cup here in 1989, which he says has helped with his sports marketing business.

"It's easy to get in the door when you have a Stanley Cup ring," laughed Nattress, who moved back home to Hamilton with his wife and two kids after his 11-year, five-team career ended in 1993.

"I'm still in hockey and loving it."

A part-time analyst on both radio and TV, the stay-at-home defenceman continues to keep his profile high in Southern Ontario where he appeared on TSN's Off The Record last night. He also continues to play plenty of alumni hockey games for charity, a schedule that has often included trips to Calgary with the Legends.

However, 18 months ago, he was hospitalized following a pancreas attack that stemmed from injuries sustained while playing.

"I was pretty sick there and it changed my life a bit," said Nattress, a true guy's guy who has since eliminated the wings and beer he so loved.

"Some say I'm in better shape now than I was when I played in Calgary. Not any better looking, though."


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