Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Eastern Conference Eye Candy: Marty Reasoner (New York Islanders)

Since I had already promised it later YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, here's the ECEC I didn't get the time to post to CATCH UP!!! ENJOY, ladies!! ; D

Marty Reasoner is an American-born hockey player who played through high school (McQuaid Jesuit High School and Deerfield Academy) and college ranks before becoming a seasoned NHL veteran.  He's also what you would call a "journeyman" being that he's played for (at least on paper) a number of teams throughout his NHL career (a total of seven different teams - Islanders being his seventh; the other six teams include St. Louis, Edmonton, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Florida).

Reasoner attended Boston College where he played hockey for a total of three seasons (1995-96 through 1997-98) and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year his first season and to the Hockey East First All-Star Teams (1997, 1998), the NCAA East First All-American and Championship All-Tournament Team (both in 1998).  Also during that time, he was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues (14th overall).

He spent most of his seasons from 1998-2001 with the St. Louis organization between the Blues and their AHL affiliate, the Worchester IceCats (to which he was voted as a starter on their 10th anniversary All-Time team in 2003).

On the first day of free-agency in July, 2001, he was traded by the Blues along with Jochen Hecht and Jan Horáček for Doug Weight and Michel Rieseno of the Edmonton Oilers.  And his hockey career has been playing for one team after another ever since.

He spent the majority of the 2003-04 season off of the ice due to a major knee injury playing in only 17 games.  During the NHL lockout the following year (2004-05), he played over in Europe after he was signed by EC Red Bull in Saltzburg, Austria. 

When he returned to the US, he signed a one-year contract extension to play with Edmonton for the 2005-06 season.  He was later traded along with Yan Statsny to the Boston Bruins in March 2006 in exchange for Sergei Samsonov, but only for a few short months (enough to miss playing in Edmonton's playoff run that season) before re-signing with the Oilers for an additional two years (2006-07, 2007-08).  He then signed with the Atlanta Thrashers with whom he played two seasons (2008-09, 2009-10) before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 24, 2010 along with Atlanta's first and second round 2010 draft picks (Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin) in exchange for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu.  But due to salary cap restrictions, Chicago traded Reasoner to the Florida Panthers for Jeff Taffe the following month.

Prior to being signed by the New York Islanders this past off-season on July 1, 2011 (while still playing for the Florida Panthers), he earned his 250th career point with a goal against the New Jersey Devils on February 27, 2011 and played in his 700th NHL game this past season (2010-11) on March 27, 2011 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also ranked 21st in the league in face-off percentages (54.5%).

Reasoner has also represented the US on a number of occasions participating in international play.  He played for Team USA twice in the World Junior U20 Hockey Championships (1996, 1997), and then again in 2002, 2003, 2006 in the World Hockey Championships.

I love American-born hockey players since they are vastly out-numbered by Canadians in the NHL.  For me, they have their own brand of attractiveness.

His younger brother, Adam, played hockey for Boston as well (as goalie).  In fact, he filled in for Panthers starting goaltender Scott Clemmensen during a team practice at MSG prior to a road game against the New York Rangers back in March 2011.

And just like so many players, he's a family man.  He's married to a gal named Katie and they have a daughter named Allie who was born in February 2009 and recently had a second child - a son named Ryan on March 2nd of this year (belated CONGRATS to the Reasoner family!)!!

Information found in this post obtained from the following sites:
Marty Reasoner Wikipedia
Reasoner Florida Panther Page
Reasoner New York Islander Page

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