Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Reece
Dave Reece was not a bad goalie, just one who has been tagged with being on the wrong side of an NHL record. Reece was tutored in the game by one-time Red Wing coach Ned Harkness and went on to play at the University of Vermont, where he majored in political science and education. After leaving school he joined the Dayton Gems for a season before winding up in Boston. The Bruins assigned Reece to their AHL team where he took on the bulk of the Braves' goaltending workload.

His good play in the 1975 preseason earned him the backup role behind Gilles Gilbert and the opening night start against the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruin fans were in an optimistic mood as a banner read " With Reece in the Crease, Scoring Will Cease." Unfortunately, Reece allowed seven goals before a shot in the chest forced his removal from the game. The Canadiens won 9-4. Reece put the rough start behind him and proceeded to provide capable support for Gilbert. As the season progressed, Reece' s record steadily improved by going 7-3-1, with a 2.31 goals against average and two shutouts after the opening night loss. However, the return of Gerry Cheevers from the WHA meant the end of Reece' s NHL run.

As a reward for his service, Bruins coach Don Cherry opted to start Reece on February 7, 1976, before sending the goaltender to the minors. The rest is NHL history. Darryl Sittler performed magic that night by being involved in ten of the Toronto Maple Leafs eleven goals. Years later Reece would admit that he wasn't at his peak going into the game. Said Reece: " It was beachball city. It just wasn't my night and Darryl was pure magic. The Leafs were going nuts, but I never realized he was doing all the scoring or going for a record. That' s the fun of sports, but sometimes I wonder why I wasn't pull after five or six goals."

Dave Reece returned to the minors two days later. He hung on for another season in professional hockey before hanging up the skates following the 1977 World Championship in Vienna. Reece has since worked in education and as a consultant


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1968-69 University of Vermont ECAC-2 25 13 12 0 3 3.36
1969-70 University of Vermont ECAC-2 24 16 8 0 4 2.71
1970-71 University of Vermont ECAC-2 26 17 9 0 3 2.88
1971-72 Dayton Gems EHL
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 41 3 3.07
1973-74 Boston Braves AHL 57 18 28 11 1 3.49
1974-75 Rochester Americans AHL 42 19 16 7 1 2.92 11 6 5 0 0 3.00
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 14 7 5 2 2 3.32
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 20 13 7 0 0 3.89
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 32 1 3.52
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 11 0 4.82
1976-77 United States WEC-A 5 0 3.21
NHL Totals 14 7 5 2 2 3.32


NCAA (College Div.) East All-American Team (1970, 1971)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1975)
Signed as a free agent by Boston (Boston-AHL), November 24, 1972.