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Ron Stackhouse
Ron Stackhouse
Defenseman
Number: 21
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug 26, 1949
Birthplace: Haliburton, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by California for Tom Webster on October 22, 1971.
Drafted: OAK / 1969 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 2nd (18th overall)
Growing up in the sparsely-populated area of Haliburton, young Ron Stackhouse had little else to entertain himself with than to dream about a career in professional hockey. He watched the Leafs play on Saturday nights and savoured every chance to see his hero, Frank Mahovlich, take his patented long strides up the ice.

Stackhouse took a serious step towards fulfilling his dream when he joined the Peterborough Petes of the OHA in 1967. In his second season with the club, the mobile rearguard won Second-Team All-Star status and, under coach Roger Neilson, had the unusual distinction of replacing his goalie in order to face a penalty shot. Neilson had discovered there was no rule to prevent him from pulling the distracting stunt that, executed by the bewildered Stackhouse, worked to legendary effect.

As a second-round pick of the California Golden Seals in 1969, he headed west to try out with the club. But coach Fred Glover felt that the young blueliner needed some seasoning. As such, he was sent to play for the Providence Reds of the AHL where, after a string of bad games, the fans wanted to run him out of town. When the team failed to make the playoffs, that's precisely what the team did. He was lent to the Seattle Totems of the WHL where he redeemed himself during the playoffs.

In 1970-71, Stackhouse joined the Seals on a full-time basis. He was paired with Carol Vadnais and the duo clicked. From that point on, he began to solidify all aspects of his game. He played with an offensive orientation, could skate well for a big man, possessed a solid, low shot from the point, and grew to become a fearless shot-blocker.

Early in his second campaign with the club, the Seals couldn't resist making a grab for the offensively prolific Tom Webster. As an exchange, they sent Stackhouse to Detroit where he continued to improve his game during each of his winters in the Motor City. His place on the roster seemed secure, however, until he had a mysterious falling out with the club's management?a conflict he never fully understood. Nonetheless, he was dispatched in short order to Pittsburgh in 1974.

With the Pens, Stackhouse reached the peak of his blueline proficiency. He became a mainstay on the club's backline over the seven-and-a-half seasons that followed. But in spite of his solid play, there was little that was harmonious about his time in Pittsburgh. The fans at the Igloo wanted to see big players, like Stackhouse, hit everybody that moved with the intent to destroy. Anything less was met with choruses of boos and catcalls. It was not in the beleaguered rearguard's nature to do anymore physically than was necessary to secure his zone.

As a result, he frequently asked to be moved to another NHL locale. But through the long, arduous years, a deal was never struck. Instead, he put in his time until retirement came at the close of the 1981-82 season.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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