Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Reimer
James Reimer was born on March 15, 1988 in Arborg, Manitoba and played his junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The Toronto Maple Leafs used the 99th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to select the goaltender.

In 2008-09, as part of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, Reimer backstopped the club to the Kelly Cup. His playoff goals-against-average was a paltry 2.17 and was enough for him to be named the most valuable player of the ECHL playoffs.

Not many expected James Reimer to make his NHL debut in 2010-11. He began the season with the Marlies of the AHL, but would make his first NHL start on January 1, 2011. Injuries to the other goaltenders on the Maple Leafs may have enabled Reimer to get his shot, but his strong play ensured he would not be sent back down to the Marlies.

In all, Reimer would appear in 37 games for the Leafs in 2010-11. His goals-against-average was an impressive 2.60 and his save percentage .921. His play impressed management so much that in the summer of 2011 Reimer was re-signed by the Leafs to a three-year contract extension.

Reimer quickly became a fan favourite in Toronto, where fans who dubbed him "Optimus Reim."

The 2012-13 season would be a stellar one for Reimer. In 33 games for the Maple Leafs he posted 19 wins to go along with an impressive 2.46 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage. The following two seasons would be less memorable for Reimer. His goals-against-average climber to 3.29 and 3.16 respectively and his save percentage fell to .911 and .907.

Reimer would experience a bit of a resurgence in 2015-16. Though the Maple Leafs found themselves near the bottom of the NHL's standings, Reimer's goals-against-average was an impressive 2.49 and his save percentage a respectable .918. Reimer's time in Toronto would come to an end in the days leading up to the 2016 NHL trade deadline. He was shipped to the San Jose Sharks along with Jeremy Morin in exchange for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a fourth round draft pick.

On the international stage, Reimer has represented Canada twice at the 2011 and 2014 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2003-04 Interlake Lightning MMHL 27 1 2.85
2004-05 Interlake Lightning MMHL 37 4 2.11
2005-06 Red Deer Rebels WHL 34 7 18 3 0 2.81
2006-07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 26 23 7 3 2.66 7 3 4 0 3.88
2007-08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 30 8 15 4 1 2.73
2008-09 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 1 2 0 0 3.28
2008-09 Reading Royals ECHL 22 10 7 3 0 3.30
2008-09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 6 6 0 0 2 1.32 8 4 3 1 2.17
2009-10 Toronto Marlies AHL 26 14 8 2 1 2.25
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 20 10 5 3 2.60
2010-11 Toronto Marlies AHL 15 9 5 1 3 2.59
2010-11 Canada WC-A 4 4 0 0 0 2.04
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 14 14 4 3 3.10
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 19 8 5 4 2.46 7 3 4 0 2.88
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 12 16 1 1 3.29
2013-14 Canada WC-A 4 3 1 0 0 2.20
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 9 16 1 0 3.16
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 11 12 7 0 2.49
2015-16 San Jose Sharks NHL 8 6 2 0 3 1.62 1 0 0 0 2.07
2016-17 Florida Panthers NHL 43 18 16 5 3 2.53
NHL Totals 258 109 94 28 17 2.74 8 3 4 0 2.82


ECHL Playoff MVP (2009) Traded to San Jose by Toronto with Jeremy Morin for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and San Jose's 3rd round pick in 2018 NHL Draft February 28, 2016. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2016.
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