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James Reimer on Patrice Bergeron...
Or Jimmy Howard on Teemu Selanne...
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
In less than a year, Reimer has captured the hearts and imaginations of an entire city. But is he the real deal, which, for the most part, he appears to be? Or is he one of those dreaded one-year wonders like former Habs goalie Steve Penney and ex-Bruin Mike Moffatt?
As good as Reimer has been in his brief stint with the Leafs, such questions do arise when he struggles like he did on Tuesday night in Florida, allowing three goals on seven shots in a performance some were calling the worst of his young NHL career.
Ron Wilson yanked him in favour of Jonas Gustavsson early in the second period in a game the Leafs would go on to lose 5-3 to the Panthers. At the same time, Wilson is still confident in the kid and says he’ll throw him right back between the pipes on Thursday here in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“It’s about playing well ... It’s just about getting him reps so he can catch up and be a big part of our success in the second half,” Wilson said, aware that Reimer might still be fighting his way back from being sidelined for six weeks with whiplash (Or a concussion, depending on who you listen to).
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
In an interview with radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Burke attempted to clear up the mystery behind Reimer’s injury.
“It’s not a concussion,” said Burke. “And he’s being treated for concussion-like symptoms. “We’re not sure if it’s whiplash-related with the way he was hit from the side. And if it was a concussion, we would say it was.
“If it turns out the doctor says to me tomorrow that he has a concussion, we’ll announce he has a concussion.”
from Sheldon C. Good of the Mennonite Weekly Review,
When James Reimer was 15, his parents called a family meeting. Though Harold and Marlene Reimer had originally decided their sons couldn’t play organized sports outside of school, James wanted desperately to play junior hockey.
“We said, ‘James is going to need support, and unless the whole family’s on board, we can’t do this,’ ” Marlene said Oct. 5.
That same year, Reimer became a member of his childhood congregation, Morweena Evangelical Mennonite Church, about 90 miles north of Winnipeg, Man.
Eight years later, the 23-year-old phenom from Arborg, Man., is the starting goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Whether it’s Cat, Cujo or Eagle, you’re just not a bona fide Maple Leaf netminder without a catchy nickname.
Fans weren’t too excited about Andrew (Razor) Raycroft and some names they hung on Vesa Toskala can’t be printed. But here comes James Reimer, whose strong start in his rookie year has inspired people to think outside the box. The first few kids in line at Tuesday’s Hockey Hall of Fame autograph session had the Optimus Reim t-shirt that a sharp-thinking fan re-configured from The Transformers franchise.
“It was very popular,” joked Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau. “I’ve ordered my own shirt.
Reimer has at least six nicknames he’s carefully considering:
How about “Giving the kid a full season before deciding”?
Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has signed restricted free agent goaltender James Reimer to a three-year contract.
“We are extremely pleased to have come to terms on this new deal with James and his agent Ray Petkau,” said Burke. “He earned the opportunity to play at the NHL level this past season and he made the most of it with his outstanding play. He really grabbed the net and never looked back. We are confident that his talent and strong work habits will be contributing factors to our team’s success next season.”
NEW YORK (April 1, 2011) – Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who posted a 9-4-1 record with a 2.87 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Reimer edged Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (7-4-11 in 14 games), Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis (6-6—12 in 16 games), New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner (6-5—11 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (7-4-2, 2.78 GAA in 13 games) and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (6-0-0, 1.03 GAA in six games) for the award.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The kid can play. And the kid’s got a story.
You know, one of those hockey stories that seems more fiction than fact. James Reimer grew up in Morweena, Manitoba, pop. 130, a town where if you wanted to play organized hockey you needed to drive about 15 minutes away to Arborg, pop. 1,200.
Played a lot in Uncle Rick’s backyard with his older brother, who needed a target to shoot on. His dad, Harold, moves houses for a living. Pops them on a truck and moves ’em. Young James, meanwhile, met his wife, April, at a Moose Jaw Warriors game while she was studying at a nearby bible school.
Honest to Richie Cunningham.