Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Reid
Tom Reid played his junior hockey with the St. Catharines Blackhawks of the OHA during the mid-1960s. He graduated from the amateur ranks just in time to take advantage of the NHL's expansion in 1967. After a brief cup of tea in the minors, he joined the Chicago Blackhawk blueline corps and quickly established himself as a stay-at-home defender who viewed the offensive zone as a distant moon.

Reid lasted with Chicago until 1969, at which time the Minnesota North Stars acquired him. For the nine seasons that followed, he served as a sort of third goal post, firmly anchored to his own zone.

Reid stood as a North Star mainstay until 1977. It was at that time that a small red rash appeared on his arm. Massive itching sensations soon followed as his skin began to deteriorate. His affliction soon took on the name "Gunk." As the league's doctors, trainers, and equipment producers began to investigate, they discovered that about 100 players across the NHL were suffering from various degrees of the affliction. But no case was as severe as Reid's. His skin got so bad that he could only sleep while sitting upright in a wooden chair. Before the season was over, his suffering grew so severe that he was forced to retire. In the end, the doctors concluded that he was allergic to his equipment and to the die found in his uniform.

Since his forced departure from hockey, Reid has worked as a color analyst for North Stars home games and later for Minnesota Gophers college hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 56 4 13 17 106 5 1 0 1 11
1965-66 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 45 3 15 18 74 7 0 0 0 44
1966-67 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 45 5 19 24 120 4 0 2 2 2
1966-67 St. Louis Braves CPHL 1 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 56 0 4 4 25 +1 9 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 3 0 1 1 0
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 30 0 3 3 12 -4
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 3 0 1 1 4
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 18 0 4 4 38 -13
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 1 7 8 51 -10 6 0 1 1 4
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 9 0 5 5 8
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 3 14 17 62 -6 12 0 6 6 20
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 6 15 21 107 +13 7 1 4 5 17
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 60 1 13 14 50 +15 6 0 2 2 4
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 4 19 23 81 -22
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 1 5 6 103 -39
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 0 15 15 52 -24
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 0 8 8 52 -16 2 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 36 1 6 7 21 -26
NHL Totals 701 17 113 130 654 42 1 13 14 49


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1967) Traded to Minnesota by Chicago with Bill Orban for Andre Boudrias and Mike McMahon Jr., February 14, 1969.
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