Eldon ‘Pokey’ Reddick

| August 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Eldon Pokey Reddick | Pokey and the BanditEldon Reddick was born on October 6, 1964 in Halifax , Nova Scotia.  Though born on the East Coast, he grew up playing minor hockey in Toronto, Ontario.

It was in Toronto, as a youngster, where he earned the moniker “Pokey” from his father because of his slow movement around the house.

Reddick was recruited by the Peterborough Petes of the OHA, but opted to play Tier II junior hockey instead. Later, after success in the Western Hockey League with New Westminster and Brandon, Pokey began to garner the interest of professional teams. He didn’t gain enough attention to be drafted by an NHL team, but on September 27, 1985 the Winnipeg Jets signed him as a free agent.

Following his junior career, Reddick toiled for for one season with the Fort Wayne Komets of the  IHL. His 15 wins, 3 shutouts and 3.00 GAA during that season earned him a spot on the Winnipeg Jets Roster in 1986. Reddick’s first game as a Winnipeg Jet was a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on  October 9, 1986 at the Winnipeg Arena.

It was also during his time in Winnipeg where Reddick became known in NHL circles as one half of the infamous Jets’ goaltending duo, “Pokey and the Bandit”.  The Bandit, of course, was none other than Daniel Berthiaume.

At just 5’8″ tall, Reddick fashioned himself as a technical goalie that was adept at playing the angles. Pokey’s effectiveness at the NHL level was limited, playing parts of six seasons with Winnipeg, Edmonton and Florida. He managed to make the playoffs two times in his career, once with Winnipeg (1987) and once with Edmonton (1990), where he won a Stanley Cup via 2 minutes of playoff playing time as a backup to Bill Ranford.

Pokey Reddick’s NHL Record

One statistic that even the most seasoned NHL fan might not know is that Pokey Reddick has laid claim to a rather interesting National Hockey League record!

Reddick actually holds the NHL record for most games played without recording a shutout. Although Pokey stepped between the pipes 132 times in his NHL career, he was unable to register a single shutout.

Pokey did have a fantastic minor league career, including 19 shutouts and a 2.95 GAA over 10 seasons in the International Hockey League .  He also enjoyed 3 successful seasons in Germany and 4 in the American Hockey League.

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