Friday, May 16, 2014

Ralph Nattrass: 1925-2014

The hockey world lost another member from the Original Six era.

On April 20, 2014, former Chicago Black Hawk defenceman Ralph Nattrass passed away in Edmonton, Alberta.

Nattrass entered the NHL in 1946-47 and played alongside Bill Gadsby. This pairing was one of Chicago's strong points, as they struggled to make their way up the standings.

Like many defencemen in the early goings of the Original Six, Nattrass looked after his own end first. He used his large frame (six-feet/185) and strength to slow down attacking forwards and defencemen.

His final season in Chicago was 1949-50. Nattrass hung up his skates following the 1950-51 campaign when he played for the AHL Cincinnati Mohawks.

Here is a link to the death notice from The Edmonton Journal - INFO

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