Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ray Reeson

2 NHL Games

February 14, 1970 Toronto Maple Leafs vs Philadelphia Flyers. 4-3 win.
February 15, 1970 Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks. 4-6 loss.

   A long string of injured Maple Leaf goalies paved the way for Ray Reeson's NHL debut. The Maple Leafs lost Johnny Bower and Marv Edwards to injuries early into the 1969/70 season. Bruce Gamble and Gerry McNamara were tending Toronto's net when McNamara suffered a severely bruised thumb during a Leaf practice. Toronto decided to recall Serge Aubry from the Tulsa Oilers. Unfortunately, Aubry had just suffered an injury himself. The Leafs, therefore, recalled Aubry's backup, Ray Reeson.

   It is possible that Reeson stayed with the Leafs longer than two games. A Globe & Mail article from the time confirms Reeson was with Toronto for the weekend but further information is unknown. It is likely that he rejoined the Tulsa Oilers immediately after his short NHL stint. 

   Reeson was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres for the 1971/72 season. The Sabres assigned Reeson to their AHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Swords. Reeson was selected by the Houston Aeros in the 1972 WHA draft but never signed with the team.

Career stats from
Born Jun 19 1945 -- Oshawa, ONT
Height 5.10 -- Weight 172
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1961-62Whitby MohawksOHA1006006.00
1962-63Whitby DunlopsOHA000
1963-64Clinton CometsEHL500
1963-64Oshawa GeneralsOHA60030005.29
1965-66London NationalsOHA1003003.00
1966-67Woodstock AthleticsOHASr000
1967-68Port Huron FlagsIHL5408---
1968-69Tulsa OilersCHL38002078108443.6211185100
1969-70Tulsa OilersCHL39002140105222.9420135100
1970-71Tulsa OilersCHL31041857115303.698194---
1971-72Cincinnati SwordsAHL30016153299313.87300
1972-73Omaha KnightsCHL42242351132113.369026
1973-74Albuquerque Six-GunsCHL56114---
1974-75Roanoke Valley RebelsSHL431312473167414.051422213540.890400

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