Paul Reinhart

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Paul Reinhart
Paul Reinhart.jpg
Paul Reinhart in 2014
Born(1960-01-06) January 6, 1960 (age 54)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Played forAtlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
National team Canada
NHL Draft12th overall, 1979
Atlanta Flames
Playing career1979–1990
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Paul Reinhart
Paul Reinhart.jpg
Paul Reinhart in 2014
Born(1960-01-06) January 6, 1960 (age 54)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Played forAtlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
National team Canada
NHL Draft12th overall, 1979
Atlanta Flames
Playing career1979–1990

Paul Gerard Reinhart (born January 6, 1960) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round selection by the Flames, 12th overall, at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft with whom he immediately broke into the NHL. He relocated with the franchise to Calgary in 1980, playing a total of nine seasons with the Flames franchise until he was traded to Vancouver in 1988. He was a two-time all-star and played with Team Canada on three occasions, winning bronze medals at the World Championships in 1982 and 1983. Chronic back problems plagued him throughout his career and forced his retirement in 1990. Settling in Vancouver following his playing career, Reinhart became a stock market financier and investor. He was briefly involved with the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League in the early 2000s.

Playing career[edit]


Reinhart began his junior career with his hometown Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL) in 1975–76, scoring 39 points in 53 games.[1] He had been a protected player of the Rangers — signed directly by the team without his having to go through the league's draft—but when the OMJHL eliminated the rules allowing teams to protect midget-aged players following the season, he was made eligible for the 1976 draft.[2] The Peterborough Petes claimed him with the third overall selection in the June 1976 draft, despite the fact that Reinhart and his family made it known he would refuse to play for any team other than Kitchener. His agent, Alan Eagleson, threatened to take the team and league to court in a bid to force them to respect Reinhart's wishes.[3] The dispute was not settled until November when the Petes traded Reinhart to Kitchener as part of a three-team trade that involved the Oshawa Generals. The league had to rescind a rule prohibiting teams from trading first round draft picks to allow the deal to pass and to avoid the threat of litigation by Eagleson.[4]

On the ice, Reinhart scored a total of 104 points as a defenceman with the Rangers between 1975 and 1978 before breaking out offensively in the 1978–79 season after moving centre for the majority of the campaign.[5] He scored 51 goals and 78 assists for 129 points in 66 games to finish fifth overall in OMJHL scoring.[6] The team's captain in his final year,[7] Reinhart won numerous team honours during his four years in Kitchener including three awards for having the "best defensive ability" on the team.[8]


The Atlanta Flames selected Reinhart with their first round selection, 12th overall, at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.[9] Though he had been set to join Team Canada for the 1980 Winter Olympics, the Flames convinced Reinhart to sign with the team and begin his professional career instead. Joining the Flames for the 1979–80 NHL season, the 19-year-old Reinhart became the youngest player to appear for the team at that point in franchise history.[10] He appeared in 79 games for Atlanta, finishing as the team's highest scoring defenceman. His total of 47 points was second to Ray Bourque for the overall lead amongst rookie defencemen.[5]

Transferring to Calgary along with the franchise in 1980–81, Reinhart improved to 67 points during the regular season and tied for the league lead in playoff assists with 14. He was named to the Canadian entry for the 1981 Canada Cup tournament, but suffered an ankle injury and appeared in only two games.[1][11] He remained an offensive catalyst for the team, scoring 61 points in 1981–82 and set a franchise record for points by a defenceman with 75 in 1982–83. His career total of 250 points also set a Flames franchise record for a defenceman.[12] He returned to Team Canada following both seasons to play in the World Championships. He won bronze medals with the team in both 1982 and 1983,[13] and was named Team Canada's top defenceman in 1983.[14]

Reinhart suffered a serious injury midway through the 1983–84 season. Skating behind his net during a game against the Winnipeg Jets, his skate caught a rut and he twisted his back as he fell. He had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher, and was initially diagnosed with back spasms.[15] He was later diagnosed as having suffered a herniated disc.[16] He missed 51 games as a result of the injury, but scored a goal and an assist on his return, a 4–1 victory over the Hartford Whalers.[17] Despite missing the majority of the season, Reinhart was the Flames' offensive leader in the 1984 playoffs, leading the team and finishing first amongst all players who did not reach the finals with 17 points.[18]

Though he turned down an offer to play with Team Canada at the 1984 Canada Cup due to his back,[18] Reinhart remained healthy for the 1984–85 season, scoring a career high 23 goals to go with 67 points in 75 games.[1] He also appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game, playing in front of his home fans at the 1985 game in Calgary.[19] Recurring back spasms again forced him to miss much of the 1985–86 season;[20][21] he was limited to 32 games.[1] Reinhart remained healthy in 1986–87, finishing fourth in the league amongst defencemen with 69 points.[22] He scored his 100th career goal, playing at centre, while recording a hat trick in a 6–5 win over the Edmonton Oilers on November 24, 1986.[23] His chronic back issues worsened in 1987–88, as he played only 14 games for the Flames, scoring four points.[24]

Between his back issues and the team's desire to promote some of its younger defencemen to more prominent roles within the team, the Flames chose to trade Reinhart on September 6, 1988, along with Steve Bozek, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round selection at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.[25] Reinhart played the majority of two seasons in Vancouver, though he missed 29 games between 1988 and 1990. He was named an All-Star for the second time in his career in 1989,[1] and was an offensive leader for the Canucks. He scored 57 points in both 1988–89 and 1989–90,[1] and was named the recipient of the Babe Pratt Trophy as the Canucks' top defenceman in both seasons.[26] However, chronic back pain forced him out of the game following that season. Reinhart announced his retirement at the age of 29.[27]

Playing style[edit]

Though his position for the majority of his career was in defence, his offensive ability and speed meant that his teams occasionally played him at forward.[16] At times, the Flames had him playing 30 minutes per game as he was often used at centre while also taking regular shifts at defence.[14] He claimed in 1982 to prefer playing forward, but realized that the organization needed him on defence to act as a quarterback for the team's offence. Bob Johnson, his coach for the majority of his time in Calgary, said that Reinhart was the type of player that could be a "cornerstone" for a franchise.[14]


Reinhart and his wife Theresa have three children, all of whom play hockey. Their eldest son, Maxwell, made his NHL debut with the Flames in 2013. His middle son, Griffin Reinhart, currently plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings and was drafted 4th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. His youngest son, Sam, plays for the Kootenay Ice in the WHL and was selected 2nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[28] Paul and his wife spent their summers in Calgary during his playing days, where he often played with the team's summer charity softball team,[22] but settled in West Vancouver following the end of his NHL career.[27]

Flames' co-owner Doc Seaman introduced Reinhart to investing and finance while he was playing with the team.[27] He also owned a restaurant in Calgary.[22] He now makes his living investing in start-up companies.[27] Reinhart's investments have focused on resource exploration and medical companies and in 2011 joined the management of Vancouver-based Bearing Resources Ltd.[29] He was involved with the Vancouver Ravens franchise in the National Lacrosse League for a time, but walked away from the franchise in 2003 after claiming losses in excess of $1 million.[30] In 2014, Reinhart partnered with another former Vancouver Canuck, Bret Hedican, investing over $1 million in a sports team management start-up, RosterBot, based in Vancouver.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
1975–76Kitchener RangersOMJHL53633394281234
1976–77Kitchener RangersOMJHL51414181630224
1977–78Kitchener RangersOMJHL47172845159461029
1978–79Kitchener RangersOMJHL66517812957103101316
1979–80Atlanta FlamesNHL799384731
1980–81Calgary FlamesNHL7418496752161141516
1981–82Calgary FlamesNHL621348611730112
1982–83Calgary FlamesNHL781758752886392
1983–84Calgary FlamesNHL27615211011611172
1984–85Calgary FlamesNHL752346691841120
1985–86Calgary FlamesNHL32825331521513184
1986–87Calgary FlamesNHL761554692240116
1987–88Calgary FlamesNHL140441082796
1988–89Vancouver CanucksNHL64750574472354
1989–90Vancouver CanucksNHL6717405730
NHL totals6481334275602778223547742


YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIMTeam result
1981CanadaCC20002Second place
1982CanadaWC71564Bronze medal
1983CanadaWC62462Bronze medal
Senior totals1539128

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Paul Reinhart profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ Hall, Dave (1976-07-12). "Reinhart case still cloudy". Windsor Star. p. 22. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Reinhart selection could hurt Petes". Windsor Star. 1976-06-08. p. 26. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Rangers acquire Reinhart". Windsor Star. 1976-11-12. p. 30. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  5. ^ a b Coates, Al; Ferguson, Dorie, eds. (1980). Calgary Flames Fact Book 1980–81. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 24. 
  6. ^ Bell, Aaron (ed.). 2009–10 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 114. 
  7. ^ "Past captains". Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Team awards". Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  9. ^ Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean; Ahrens, Janette; Buer, Greg (2011). 2011–12 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 138. 
  10. ^ "Flames sign 19-year-old Reinhart". St. Petersburg Times. 1979-10-02. p. 3C. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Canada wary of plucky Americans". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 1981-09-11. p. B8. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  12. ^ Ornest, Leo, ed. (1983). 1983–84 Calgary Flames Year Book. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 39. 
  13. ^ Podnieks, Andrew, ed. (2011). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation. p. 510. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  14. ^ a b c Duhatschek, Eric (1982-11-03). "Flames like 'new' Reinhart". Calgary Herald. p. F2. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  15. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (1983-11-25). "Big Mac seconds-best to no-one". Calgary Herald. p. C3. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  16. ^ a b Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 718. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  17. ^ "What a difference a year makes". The Day (New London, Conn). 1984-03-21. p. 32. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  18. ^ a b Ornest, Leo, ed. (1984). 1984–85 Calgary Flames Year Book. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 40. 
  19. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (2012-01-27). "Flames All-Star memories". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  20. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (1985-10-17). "Blues strike late for big victory". Calgary Herald. p. E3. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  21. ^ "Flickering Flames a joke in Calgary". Montreal Gazette. 1986-01-07. p. D2. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  22. ^ a b c Ornest, Leo, ed. (1987). 1987–88 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 35. 
  23. ^ "Reinhart move sparks Flames". Ottawa Citizen. 1986-11-24. p. D3. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  24. ^ Mummery, Bob (1989). Countdown to the Stanley Cup: An Illustrated History of the Calgary Flames. Polestar Book Publishers. p. 101. ISBN 0-919591-48-5. 
  25. ^ Duhatchek, Eric (1988-09-07). "One-way ticket west puzzles Reinhart". Calgary Herald. p. E1. 
  26. ^ "Canucks All-Time Records". National Hockey Leageue. 2007. p. 213. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  27. ^ a b c d Radia, Andy (2011-02-18). "Where are they now: Paul Reinhart". Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  28. ^ Prest, Andy (2012-02-05). "Reinharts a real ice family". North Shore News. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  29. ^ "Bearing Resources Appoints Manager of Corporate Relations — Announces $180,000 Private Placement Financing" (Press release). Bearing Resources Ltd. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  30. ^ Pilson, Ty (2003-02-16). "Calgary owner eyes Ravens". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  31. ^ "Hockey jocks join forces to kickstart RosterBot" (Press release). Financial Post. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 

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Preceded by
Brad Marsh
Atlanta Flames' first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Denis Cyr