37 Facts About James Reimer


James Reimer is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.

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James Reimer was selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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James Reimer started playing minor hockey in his hometown when he was 12.

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James Reimer played junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft.

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James Reimer was named the most valuable player of the ECHL playoffs, as the Stingrays won the Kelly Cup in 2009.

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James Reimer plays for Canada internationally, and first represented his country at the 2011 World Championship.

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James Reimer started playing goalie when his older brother, Mark, needed practice shooting but had no goalie.

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James Reimer's parents were unsure if minor hockey was the right fit for their son, so he did not play organized hockey until he was 12.

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James Reimer was first noticed by agent Ray Petkau when he was 13, after playing with a church team at a tournament in Steinbach, Manitoba.

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James Reimer was selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the fifth round of the 2003 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, with a pick that originally belonged to the Spokane Chiefs.

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James Reimer made the club in his third attempt after having been cut the previous two seasons.

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James Reimer's first season in the WHL was a poor one for the Rebels; Reimer played 34 games, recording only 7 wins.

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James Reimer broke his hand late in the season, an injury which cost him a chance to play for Canada at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships.

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James Reimer was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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At the time of the draft, James Reimer was preparing for his high school graduation and did not attend the event in Vancouver.

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James Reimer attended training camp with the Maple Leafs in 2006 and 2007, but was returned to the Rebels both times.

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James Reimer suffered a torn ligament in his ankle and only appeared in 30 games.

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In two stints with the Marlies, James Reimer had a record of one win and two losses, with a goals against average of 3.

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At the ECHL trade deadline, James Reimer was moved to the South Carolina Stingrays, a team that had gone through eight goaltenders during the season.

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James Reimer was called up by the Leafs on an emergency basis on October 13,2009, when starting goaltender Vesa Toskala was injured.

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James Reimer played 14 minutes in the third period, stopping all four shots he faced.

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James Reimer made his first NHL start against the Ottawa Senators on January 1,2011.

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On February 3,2011, James Reimer recorded 27 saves and picked up his first career NHL shutout against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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James Reimer became a quick fan favourite during his rookie NHL season, earning the nicknames "Optimus Reim" and "The Statue".

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James Reimer would have become a restricted free agent on July 1,2011, but he signed a three-year contract worth $5.

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James Reimer missed 19 games with the injury, and struggled upon his return, yielding some starts to Gustavsson.

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James Reimer held off an early challenge from rookie backup Ben Scrivens to remain Toronto's starting goaltender.

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On July 25,2014, the Leafs and James Reimer avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for the next week by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.

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James Reimer would hold the position as Maple Leafs' starting goaltender for the rest of his tenure, earning praise for his play on a Toronto team that struggled throughout the year.

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On February 27,2016, two days before the deadline, James Reimer was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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On July 1,2016, as a free agent for the first time in his career, James Reimer was signed to a five-year contract with the Florida Panthers.

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On July 28,2021, having left the Hurricanes as a free agent, James Reimer returned to the San Jose Sharks, signing a two-year, $4.

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James Reimer was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships, but was unable to compete due to a broken hand he suffered while playing for Red Deer.

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James Reimer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to parents Harold and Marlene James Reimer.

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James Reimer graduated from Morweena Christian High School in his hometown.

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The couple has two daughters who were born in 2017 and 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while James Reimer was a member of the Panthers.

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James Reimer is a practising Christian, giving credit to God as a big part of his mental game.

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