We recently asked a number of former NHL players to reminisce about their favorite youth hockey memories, and to discuss what they would change about today’s youth hockey culture.
Today, Dave Reid provides his recollections. A second-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 1982, Reid played 961 NHL games with the Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. He was a two-time 20-goal scorer for Boston and won Stanley Cups with the Stars (1998-99) and Avalanche (2000-01).
Following his playing days, Reid has served as GM of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and as an analyst for TSN and the NHL Network.
What organization did you play minor hockey for as a kid?
Dave Reid: I played for many minor hockey organizations starting with Eringate MHA, George Bell MHA, Royal York Rangers, West End AC, Royal York Rangers EHA an, Mississauga Reps Bantam Major and two years of Midget Major.
Did you play AAA the whole time?
Reid: I did not play AAA all the time, when I started AA was the top level in Toronto and when I finished at Midget AA changed to Major. I played Atom AA, Bantam Major and two years of Midget Major (Major being AAA).
What is your favorite memory of minor hockey?
Reid: There was not one thing that stands out. I think my favorite memory of minor hockey is playing with my buddies for three years at Royal York in the EHA.
What was your favourite drill as a kid?
Reid: I used to love all of the shooting drills.
How much of a role did your parents play in your hockey as a kid?
Reid: My parents drove me everywhere for practices and games.
How much other hockey development did you do outside of your regular team?
Reid: We got together and played shinny at local outdoor rinks after school.
Did you play spring hockey?
Reid:I did not play spring hockey. I just worked out during the offseason.
Did you play other sports?
Reid: Yes. I played baseball in the warmer months.
What is the one thing you would change about minor hockey?
Reid: I would eliminate body checking at all age groups and all levels. That would enable players to focus more on skills development.