Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Reese
While growing up an ambitious young backstopper, Jeff Reese idolized Flyer goaltenders Pelle Lindbergh and Bernie Parent. He copied and applied their moves all the way to the junior level where he joined the London Knights of the OHA for three seasons.

The Toronto Maple Leafs then drafted him in 1984. Reese was happy on one hand to join such a hallowed organization. But, on the other hand, he had reservations about his future playing time in joining an organization that was replete with goaltenders from the minors to the top.

Nonetheless, he adopted a positive attitude while queuing up with the Newmarket Saints of the AHL. It was there that he established himself as a hardworking player who always sought to improve his game. His reward came in the form of an opportunity to perform in a Leafs sweater for parts of five seasons, between regular excursions to Newmarket. In all, he played a total of 76 games in Blue and White before he was sent to Calgary as part of a blockbuster trade that saw Doug Gilmour head to Toronto.

With the Flames, Reese continued in his role as a backup for parts of three season before moving on to Hartford, Tampa Bay, and, finally, New Jersey where he appeared in three games before heading to the IHL with the Detroit Vipers.

By the close of the 1997-98 season, Reese had decided to hang up his pads for good. But a call from the Leafs' organization got him back onto the ice with the St. John's Maple Leafs for one final campaign. During that year, both Curtis Joseph and Glen Healy went down with injuries, giving Reese two final games with the Buds to savor before retiring for good.

Since leaving the ice, he has worked as a goaltending coach and scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1982-83 Hamilton Kilty B's ON-Jr.B 40 0 4.44
1983-84 London Knights OHL 43 18 19 1 0 4.50 6 3 3 0 4.95
1984-85 London Knights OHL 50 31 15 1 1 3.88 8 5 2 1 2.73
1985-86 London Knights OHL 57 25 26 3 0 3.93 5 0 4 0 5.02
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 50 11 29 0 1 4.10
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 2 1 0 4.10
1987-88 Newmarket Saints AHL 28 10 14 3 0 3.89
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 2 6 1 0 4.94
1988-89 Newmarket Saints AHL 37 17 14 3 0 3.82
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 9 6 3 0 4.41 2 1 1 0 3.33
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 7 3 2 2 0 4.04
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 6 13 3 1 3.86
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.33
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 1 5 1 1 2.91
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 12 3 2 2 0 3.78
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 26 14 4 1 1 3.20 4 1 3 0 4.88
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 4.62
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 5 9 3 1 3.09
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 11 2 5 1 0 3.27
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 7 2 3 0 1 3.05
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 7 7 1 0 3.26 5 1 1 0 3.64
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 2 0 0 5.61
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 32 23 4 3 4 1.87 11 7 3 0 2.55
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 46 27 9 8 4 2.22 22 13 9 2 2.44
1998-99 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 27 17 7 3 1 2.55 3 1 1 0 3.39
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 1 1 0 0 4.53
NHL Totals 174 53 65 17 5 3.66 11 3 5 0 4.07


IHL Second All-Star Team (1997, 1998)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1997) (shared with Rich Parent)
Traded to Calgary by Toronto with Craig Berube, Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman and Michel Petit for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville, January 2, 1992. Traded to Hartford by Calgary for Dan Keczmer, November 19, 1993. Traded to Tampa Bay by Hartford for Tampa Bay's 9th round pick (Ashkat Rakhmatullin) in 1996 NHL Draft, December 1, 1995. Traded to New Jersey by Tampa Bay with Chicago's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, New Jersey selected Pierre Dagenais) in 1996 NHL Draft and Tampa Bay's 8th round pick (Jason Bertsch) in 1996 NHL Draft for Corey Schwab, June 22, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, January 5, 1999. Traded to Tampa Bay by Toronto with Toronto's 9th round pick (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Milan Kopecky) in 2000 NHL Draft for Tampa Bay's 9th round pick (Jean-Philippe Cote) in 2000 NHL Draft, August 6, 1999.
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