Mark Reeds

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Mark Reeds
Born (1960-01-24)January 24, 1960
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 14, 2015(2015-04-14) (aged 55)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 86th overall, 1979
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1981–1989

Mark Allen Reeds (January 24, 1960 – April 14, 2015) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL), and was also an assistant coach for the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in Burlington, Ontario.

He died of esophageal cancer on April 14, 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Reeds began his junior career with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL), playing 18 games with them in 1976–77. He then moved to the Peterborough Petes for the remainder of his junior days, playing with the club from 1977–1980. He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 5th round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

After graduating from junior hockey, Reeds spent the entire 1980–81 season with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Central Hockey League (CHL), and a majority of the 1981–82 with them. Reeds got a taste of NHL action with the Blues, appearing in 9 regular season games with St. Louis, then playing in 10 more in the NHL playoffs. He again split the 1982–83 season between the Golden Eagles and Blues before staying in St. Louis permanently in 1983–84. Reeds stayed with St. Louis until October 5, 1987, when the Blues traded him to the Hartford Whalers. He only appeared in 38 games with the Whalers due to injuries in 1987–88, and split the 1988–89 season between Hartford and the Binghamton Whalers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Reeds played in Italy from 1989–1991 before returning to North America, and in 1992–93, Reeds saw his last action as a player, suiting up for 16 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the International Hockey League (IHL). Overall, he appeared in 365 NHL games, scoring 45 goals and 114 assists for a total of 159 points. He also appeared in 53 NHL playoff games, earning 17 points.

Coaching career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Following his playing career, he became a coach, serving as an assistant coach with the International Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen from 1992 to 1996. The Rivermen moved to the ECHL for the 1996–97 season, and Reeds was elevated to head coach, leading the club to a 43–21–6 record. He spent the next two seasons in Peoria before moving to the United Hockey League's Missouri River Otters, leading the expansion club to the playoffs in its first season, 1999–2000. He led the Otters to the playoffs in each of his four seasons, then moved to the Kalamazoo Wings of the UHL, leading the squad to the 2006 Colonial Cup Championship with a 4 games to 1 win over Danbury in the finals. The Wings returned to the league's final series in 2007, but fell to the Rockford IceHogs in seven games. Reeds was hired as the Head Coach of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League in July 2007.

Owen Sound Attack[edit]

In his first season with the Attack in 2007–08, the rebuilding club struggled, failing to make the playoffs. Owen Sound improved in 2008–09, as they earned 20 more points than the previous season, and made the playoffs, where they went out in the first round. The Attack then struggled in 2009–10, missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. In 2010–11, Owen Sound, predicted to be a border-line playoff team, wound up having the best record in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Attack easily defeated the London Knights, Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires to make the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals. In the finals, the Attack upset the heavily favoured Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in seven games to represent the OHL in the 2011 Memorial Cup. After shutting out the Kootenay Ice 5–0 in their first game, injuries caught up with the Attack, as they lost their next two round-robin games, followed by a 7–3 loss to Kootenay in a tie-breaker, to be eliminated from the tournament. After the season, Reeds left the Attack to take an assistant coaching position with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Ottawa Senators[edit]

On June 23, 2011, newly hired Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean named Reeds as one of his assistant coaches.

Illness and Death[edit]

In March 2015, the team announced that Reeds had been diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer. Reeds died on April 14, 2015 at the age of 55 from esophageal cancer;[1] having been hospitalized with pneumonia, and is survived by wife Mary and two children.[2][3]

During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, both the Montreal Canadiens and Senators held moments of silence in Reeds' memory.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 18 6 7 13 6
1977–78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 11 27 38 67 8 1 1 2 12
1978–79 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 66 25 25 50 96 11 0 5 5 19
1979–80 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 54 34 45 79 51 14 9 10 19 19
1980–81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 74 15 45 60 81 17 5 8 13 28
1981–82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 59 22 24 46 55
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 3 4 0 10 0 1 1 2
1982–83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 55 16 26 42 32
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 5 14 19 6 4 1 0 1 2
1983–84 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 11 14 25 23 11 3 3 6 15
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 9 30 39 25 3 0 0 0 0
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 10 28 38 28 19 4 4 8 2
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 9 16 25 16 6 0 1 1 2
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 38 0 7 7 31
1988–89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 69 26 34 60 18
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 7 0 2 2 6
1992–93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 18 4 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 0
OMJHL Totals 206 76 104 180 220 33 10 16 26 50
CHL Totals 188 53 95 148 168 17 5 8 13 28
IHL Totals 16 4 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 0
AHL Totals 69 26 34 60 18
NHL Totals 365 45 114 159 135 53 8 9 17 23

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
PEO 1996–97 70 43 21 6 - 92 2nd in North Lost in Third round
PEO 1997–98 70 44 19 7 - 95 1st in Northwest Lost in First round
PEO 1998–99 70 39 25 6 - 84 2nd in Northwest Lost in Second round
MRO 1999–00 74 39 29 - 6 84 2nd in Western Lost in First round
MRO 2000–01 74 41 24 - 9 91 2nd in Western Lost in Second round
MRO 2001–02 74 41 24 - 9 91 3rd in Western Lost in First round
MRO 2002–03 76 38 28 - 10 86 2nd in Western Lost in First round
KAL 2003–04 76 45 22 - 9 99 4th in Western Lost in First round
KAL 2004–05 80 50 24 - 6 106 2nd in Central Lost in First round
KAL 2005–06 76 52 17 - 7 111 1st in Central Won Colonial Cup
KAL 2006–07 76 47 23 - 6 100 2nd in Eastern Lost in Finals
OS 2007–08 68 20 41 - 7 47 4th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
OS 2008–09 68 26 27 - 15 67 4th in Midwest Lost in First round
OS 2009–10 68 27 33 - 8 62 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
OS 2010–11 68 46 17 - 5 97 1st in Midwest Won J. Ross Robertson Cup

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