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10-12-2011, 12:24 AM
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Joe Reekie D

6-3 220 lbs
13 consecutive years with a positive +/- for a +150 in career on a average-to-bad team.
1326 penalty minutes
902 NHL games

Originally Posted by joepelletier
Always underrated in my books, Joe Reekie was one of the best kept secrets in the National Hockey League.

The big, aggressive Reekie would appear in 104 games over 4 years with the Sabres. He was already developing a reputation for an uncanny sense of perfect defensive position that was usually reserved for veterans.

In that time he quietly impressed as a penalty kill regular. His combined +45 rating over three years.

From 1994 to 2002 Reekie served as a top four defender. He was often used against the other team's top players because of his strength and seemingly flawless defensive positioning. He was smart and tough, although that brought inevitable injuries that slowed him. Regardless, he always played with a subtle savvy that I always admired, as well as with a tough and physical, yet clean, presence.

The highlight of Reekie's career came in 1998 when he was a big part of the Capitals march into the Stanley Cup finals

Impressive numbers? No. But every coach in the league wish they had a dependable defender like Joe Reekie on their blue line.

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