Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Steve Rexe

At least 1 NHL Game

January 16, 1974 Los Angeles Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins. 2-0 win.



   Steve Rexe might be most notable for being the first player ever drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was offered a one-year deal by the club after they selected him 2nd overall in 1967 but Rexe turned down the offer. Instead, he signed on with Father David Bauer's Team Canada National team, fresh off a 3rd place finish at the 1968 Olympics. Unfortunately for Rexe, the National Team was disbanded in 1970, before Rexe had the chance to play in the Olympics. After a couple years of senior hockey in Belleville rehabbing a bad surgery, Rexe signed his first pro contract with the WHA's 1972/73 Los Angeles Sharks. 

   Although its only confirmed that Rexe dressed as a backup in one NHL game, he likely saw more time as an NHL backup. He died of cancer in 2013 but the long time Belleville resident was asked about his time in the NHL by a local publication before he passed away. "I never did play a game with the Kings. I played in a lot of exhibition games and dressed in all kinds of games. What they said to me was that 'if Vachon was playing average Rexe gets in, the job is his.' But every time I went up he'd get three shutouts in six games or whatever. So I was known and the hi and bye boy."(1) Rogie Vachon's regular backup, Gary Edwards, missed a number of games during the 1973/74 season. Its likely that Rexe served as his replacement for many of these games. Edwards was reported to have missed 19-24 games but he and Vachon were the only two goalie to have logged NHL minutes for the team during the 1973/74 season. It is possible that, along with Rexe, WHL goalie and member of the Kings organization Bob Vroman also spent some time as Vachon's backup while Edwards recovered.

   Rexe spent two years with the Los Angeles Kings organization. In 1975 he backstopped the LA Kings' AHL affiliate to a Calder Cup Championship. He spent his post-hockey life in Belleville, Ontario and made a living as an import-export car salesman.

Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born Feb 26 1947 -- Peterborough, ONT 
Height 5.10 -- Weight 185
Drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins - round 1 #2 overall 1967 NHL Amateur Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
SeasonTeamLgeGPAPIMMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPAPIM
1963-64Peterborough PetesOHA1006006.00
1968-69Ottawa NationalsOHASr90019012.37
1968-69Canadian National TeamIntl000
1969-70Belleville MohawksOHASr3600
1971-72Belleville QuintesOHASr3800
1972-73Greensboro GeneralsEHL4718300
1973-74Springfield KingsAHL5310---
1974-75Springfield Kings/IndiansAHL41062159124103.44161369400.883100
1975-76Napanee CometsOHASr42416
1976-77Lindsay LancersOHASr3356
1976-77Broome County DustersNAHL60025423005.441401440.862512
(1)http://www.qnetnews.ca/?p=28317


1 comment:

  1. Rexe went with Team Canada to the World Championships in Stockholm in 1969. He dressed as backup to Wayne Stephenson for the first half of the tournament (5 games). Then Rexe hurt his knee badly and was replaced by Ken Dryden who was brought in from Cornell University. (Good job with the site, by the way)

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