Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Reekie
Finding full-time, guaranteed work at the NHL level has taken Joe Reekie on a long path of buses, trains, and planes. He played his junior hockey with the North Bay Centennials and the Cornwall Royals of the OHL from 1982 to 1985. During his final campaign, he played an all-around solid game of physical play balanced by offensive and defensive production.

He was picked up by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1985 Entry Draft. His move to the pro ranks later that year marked the beginning of a seven-year, on-again, off-again relationship with the NHL. During that time, he split every season between the majors and minors, first with the Sabres' organization and then, in 1989, with the Islanders' chain.

It wasn't until the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed the rearguard in the Expansion Draft of 1992 that Reekie finally landed a regular shift in the NHL. By then, he had accumulated a barrel-full of experience which was drained to the bottom by the fledgling Bolts. But as a return, the extra ice time and increased responsibilities helped raise his game to its highest level.

Reekie's stock and trade has been clearing creases and killing penalties. He has been a coach's dream in that he keeps the game incredibly simple. He never wanders too far away from his own blueline and he keeps opponents honest as they venture near his crease.

In 1994, he was traded to his current team, the Washington Capitals. For the past eight seasons, Reekie has been a top-four defender on the Caps' back end as one of his coach's most trustworthy players.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 16 2 5 7 8
1982-83 Pembroke Lumber Kings ON-Jr.A 7 2 1 3 16
1982-83 North Bay Centennials OHL 59 2 9 11 49 8 0 1 1 11
1983-84 North Bay Centennials OHL 9 1 0 1 18
1983-84 Cornwall Royals OHL 53 6 27 33 166 3 0 0 0 4
1984-85 Cornwall Royals OHL 65 19 63 82 134 9 4 13 17 18
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 14 -2
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 77 3 25 28 178
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 1 8 9 82 +6
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 22 0 6 6 52
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 30 1 4 5 68 -3 2 0 0 0 4
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 1 3 4 26 +6
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 21 1 2 3 56
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 31 1 8 9 43 +13
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 15 1 4 5 24
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 66 3 16 19 96 +17
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 2 1 0 1 0
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 54 4 12 16 85 +15
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 3 2 2 4 2
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 42 2 11 13 69 +2
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 73 1 11 12 127 +8
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 5 5 29 +7 11 2 1 3 29
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 48 1 6 7 97 +10 7 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 78 3 7 10 149 +7
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 65 1 8 9 107 +8
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 68 2 8 10 70 +15 21 1 2 3 20
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 73 0 10 10 68 +11
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 59 0 7 7 50 +21 5 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 74 2 9 11 77 +14 4 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 38 2 4 6 41 -7
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 17 0 2 2 28 +2 1 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 902 25 139 164 1326 51 3 4 7 63


Missed majority of 1987-88 and 1988-89 due to knee injury vs. Toronto, November 11, 1987. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for NY Islanders' 6th round pick (Bill Pye) in 1989 NHL Draft, June 17, 1989. Claimed by Tampa Bay from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Washington by Tampa Bay for Enrico Ciccone, Washington's 3rd round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Craig Reichert) in 1994 NHL Draft and the return of conditional draft pick transferred in the Pat Elynuik trade (October 22, 1993), March 21, 1994. Traded to Chicago by Washington for Chicago's 4th round pick (Petr Dvorak) in 2002 NHL Draft, January 17, 2002.
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