Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jeff Reese

Sent: 3/4/11
Received: 3/12/11
Time: 8 Days
Address: c/o Philadelphia Flyers SkateZone
Item Sent: 1991-92 Score Canadian
Item Received: 1991-92 Score Canadian, signed in black Sharpie.

Jeff Reese was a well-traveled backup goalie throughout the nineties.  He played for six different NHL teams over his 11 years, never appearing in more than 30 games in any one season.  His best year came with Calgary in 1992-93 when he went 14-4-1 as Mike Vernon's backup.  He has found great success as a goaltending coach, though.  He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and is now in his second year with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Last year he was able to help Michael Leighton temporarily transform from AHL journeyman to Stanley Cup Playoffs world-beater.  (If that's not evidence of great coaching... )  This year, his tandem of rookie Sergei Bobrovsky and fossil Brian Boucher has been good enough to keep the Flyers in the hunt for the top seed in the East.

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