Former Princeton Goalie Reynolds Signed

The Trenton Devils signing of former Princeton Tigers goalie Alan Reynolds is interesting to a goalie nerd like myself for a variety of reasons.

There’s been a fair amount of talk amongst fans about the team bringing in Zane Kalemba, who in large part is why Reynolds was never “the guy” in Princeton.  Kalemba, of course, signed with the Stockton Thunder yesterday, as he continues to bounce around the pro ranks despite a standout career with the Tigers in which he was a Hobey Baker finalist in his junior season.

As for Reynolds, a variety of circumstances held the 22-year-old Toronto native to just 20 games over a four-year collegiate career, a career that came to an end after the Tigers shocking first round upset in the ECAC Playoffs to St. Lawrence.  Reynolds joined the Tigers before the 2007-08 season, one year after Kalemba had established himself as the starter with a standout freshman season.  Reynolds backed up Kalemba over the next three years, and found himself stuck behind sophomore Mike Condon and freshman sensation Sean Bonar this season.  With both goalies highly regarded — Bonar was thought to be the best freshman goalie in the country in some circles — playing time just wasn’t there for Reynolds.

I’ve seen Reynolds play once, a relatively meaningless 20 minute stretch against a UConn team that the Tigers blew the doors off of in 2009-10.  I won’t even begin to make an assessment of his play, as while he stopped every shot he faced, I won’t evaluate a goalie based on one period of play, especially against a significantly lesser team like the Huskies.

It’s interesting that Reynolds is getting an opportunity given what he did in college, but here’s hoping he gets an opportunity to actually get into a game at some point.  Reynolds was 9-9-0 over four years for the Tigers, posting a 3.51 GAA and .879 save percentage. 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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14 Responses to “Former Princeton Goalie Reynolds Signed”

  1. Shtikl Says:

    Well, at least with Trenton there’s no pressure to win, or anything. Seems like a relatively safe place to test the waters.

  2. Titans04 Says:

    smells like he fit the criteria of having his own equipment, being local, able and willing to ride the bus and nothing more.

  3. Titans04 Says:

    Farrer(sp) out for the year, sounds like Hacyck(sp) maybe as well. Goglewski not traveling because of school work. Kell out too. Thankfully Taco was available after turning down multiple other offers. Luckily they don’t have to come up with bogus reasons to scratch Hayes tonight.

    Coach had to be reminded what the new goalies name was….

  4. Titans04 Says:

    13 skaters for a 3 in 3 and 4 in 5 according to tonights box score unless Kell heals up.

  5. chiarams Says:

    If you’re gonna get officially eliminated from the playoffs, you might as well do it in style.

    Fore!

  6. Titans04 Says:

    It’s all good think of all those unecessary silly playoff expenses they avoided again this year. Mission accomplished.

  7. chiarams Says:

    On the positive side, it looks like Trenton may have a shot at edging out Wheeling to finish 2nd to last in attendance.

    The system works!

  8. Titans04 Says:

    Delete Ben Farrer, F released from amateur tryout agreement, 3/18

    Anybody know how this works is the kid now on his own dime while he rehabs? From the sounds of it on the pregame it doesn’t sound like a bruise, unless it’s the kind that takes a long time to rehab.

  9. chiarams Says:

    Hope that isn’t the case – otherwise I’ll lose whatever respect I have for the Devils organization.

    Then again, when I already have zero respect for them, I suppose I can’t think any less of them.

  10. Shtikl Says:

    Wow, what a horrible thing! Poor kid!! But chiarams, if the kid’s disabled and the team’s insurance doesn’t cover it, you have to blame the ECHL for allowing ATO contracts that don’t include injury and rehab insurance. The Dweebles’ contracts are probably no worse than the league’s standards.

  11. Titans04 Says:

    Certainly would be interested to know how injuries like that are treated. All Kevin said was he was only signed to a 5 game/10 day contract and his injury was severe enough that he was done and he would head back to school and hopefully he can get healthy enough so he could play next season. Certainly sounded like something that would take a while to recover from. I would think there would be a league wide way or treating guys in his position and not leave it up to the teams to pick and choose which guys they’re going to support if any.

    Maybe Mike has a source where he could get the real answer to the question.

  12. Ashmore Says:

    Not sure if ATO players are exempt from IR protocol…

  13. Shtikl Says:

    Well, maybe if you phrase it delicately enough you might get a straightforward answer from the office. Hard to imagine why they’d want to keep the truth a secret, unless the truth is that the boy wasn’t covered and he’s been damaged and thrown out on the street to fend for himself.

  14. Adam Says:

    I have played shinny in Toronto with Alan and I have seen him shut down pros, ex-pros, and shleps like me. I think that Alan will give his all with this chance. I saw Alan at the rink during the holidays and asked him about his lack of playing time and he was so cool about it and it just seemed that he accepted what was best for the team and bringing up the next inline.

    I have been to a trenton game (Granted to see a buddy who was playing for the chiefs.) and the attendance is low, but trenton is in Flyer territory so go figure eh. I don’t think the NJ Devils are using Trenton as a revenue stream. Trenton is a place to bring up young talent and that is what they have done with it.

    Go Alan Go, Kier and I are rooting for you!

    Kier wants to follow you into playing net for Princeton some day. A Jersey boy going to Princeton to play hockey. LOL Could happen?

    See you around the rink this summer I hope.

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