Rejean "Reggie" Lemelin was one of a number of goalies from the 1980s that always perplexed me.
Though goaltending in the 1980s is historically regarded as weak at best, Reggie was an above average goalie who was capable of great performances. Yet he was never able to truly establish himself as an elite goalie, like say Grant Fuhr, Billy Smith and Ron Hextall. Instead Lemelin was regarded to be a level below that, along with names like Bob Froese, Bob Sauve, Brian Hayward, and former teammates Pat Riggin and even Andy Moog. I'm even inclined to include Pete Peeters on this list. Perhaps modern examples include Martin Gerber and Chris Osgood.
I've just added my fresh new Reggie Lemelin profile here at Greatest Hockey Legends.com, and I've decided history will not be as kind to Lemelin as perhaps it should be. He was an above average goalie, and for a couple of seasons he may even have been elite. But success and therefore that magical defining moment was tough to find. Consider this - Lemelin was the back up goalie for 3 Stanley Cup finals. Perhaps that is his defining moment.
Read the full Reggie Lemelin profile here
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