February 13, 1965 |
Prince George, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Hartford Whalers
|NHL Draft||42nd overall, 1984
Daryl "Razor" Reaugh (pronounced "Ray") (born February 13, 1965 in Prince George, British Columbia) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender and now a broadcaster for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL), NHL on NBC and Hockey Night in Canada. With his exaggerated facial features, including his large chin and forehead, Reaugh is sometimes referred to as a "Caricature of a Man".
Reaugh played for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League where he was an All-Star goaltender. In the 1984 NHL Entry Draft the Edmonton Oilers selected Reaugh with the 42nd pick, ahead of prominent players such as Patrick Roy (51st), Luc Robitaille (171st), and Brett Hull (117th). He played a handful of games with the Oilers, but spent the majority of his six years in the organization in the American Hockey League. He does have a Stanley Cup ring, and is on the 1988 Edmonton Oilers team pictures, but Edmonton chose not to include his name on the Cup, even though he dressed for 60 regular season games, playing only 6 of them. Reaugh played in Finland's SM-liiga during the 1988–89 season.
Reaugh joined the Hartford Whalers in 1990 and played over 1000 minutes, posting a 7–7–1 record and a 3.15 goals against average. His season was cut short after an injury sustained in his 20th appearance. While playing a puck in net, a skate from one of the other players on the ice ran over Reaugh's glove, severely cutting his hand. A hamstring injury would make the 1993–94 season with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL his last, cutting his promising career short at the age of 28.
Prior to his work with the Stars, Reaugh first appeared as a regular in 1991 on the American Hockey League-produced weekly series Rinkside, partnered with fellow goaltender Jim Ralph, and was also a color commentator for the Hartford Whalers during the 1995–96 NHL season. Reaugh has also done work with ABC, ESPN, Fox, Versus, and NBC broadcasts of regular season and playoff NHL games, and provided the color commentary in the EA Sports video games NHL '98 and NHL '99.
In 1996, Reaugh joined Stars' play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis to form the highly popular "Ralph and Razor" duo. The two have created a cult-like following in the area, so much so that, even though the media market and fan base could easily support separate radio and television broadcast teams, the Stars have elected to continue simulcasting the duo (the Stars even added in-arena radio of the duo). In August 2012, Ralph and Razor were ranked the #1 broadcasting duo in the NHL by hockeybuzz.com.
As the Stars' color commentator he is well known for his incredibly deep vocabulary of descriptive words that he uses with almost comedic timing. His most frequent is "larceny", used when a goalie makes a spectacular save. He has used the "kick save and a beauty" line that Marv Albert coined, but his style of delivery nearly combines "kick" and "save" in a quick delivery with the rest of the quote at a more pronounced tempo. His newest favorite includes " SPIN-O-RAMA". He also credits goalies that catch with their right hand as "silly-siders". Additionally, he frequently provides witty phrases and thoughts that he calls "mind vitamins" during broadcasts and on his blog at the official Dallas Stars website. A popular example of one such "mind vitamin" is, "The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese."
After the 2014-15 season, Strangis decided to leave the Stars and was replaced by Dave Strader. The following summer, Strader was diagnosed with cancer and would miss significant time to undergo treatment. The Stars decided to have Reaugh become the permanent play-by-play announcer when Strader died on October 1, 2017. When he was the play-by-play announcer, Reaugh was joined in the booth by former Stars defensemen Craig Ludwig.
Reaugh spent a number of years growing up in Prince George, BC. He is also the brother-in-law of former NHL player Brendan Morrison (their wives are sisters). When Morrison was claimed off waivers by the Stars during the 2008–09 NHL season, he resided at Reaugh's home until the end of the season. Reaugh also has two daughters.