In Minnesota hockey, Tom Reid is recognized as someone who bridges the gap between past and present. He played nine seasons for the Minnesota North Stars starting in 1969. After his playing career, he spent the next 12 years as the North Star’s color analyst – and the 12 years after that as an analyst for NCAA hockey. He has been with the Minnesota Wild broadcast team since their inaugural season in 2000.
Reid played 743 games in the NHL, including 648 with the Minnesota North Stars (1969-1978) and 95 with the Chicago Blackhawks (1967-1969). He retired in 1978 due to a mysterious rash caused by his equipment. While the rash was highly publicized, Reid comes up in hockey trivia all the time not for the rash – but as the player who scored a penalty shot on Ken Dryden.
Reid has been active in community service projects since moving to Minnesota more than 30 years ago. He has shown a commitment to the state in a number of ways, from helping to raise millions of dollars for charities to piling sandbags when the Red River was rising and families five hours west of the Twin Cities were losing their homes. He was instrumental in founding the Wishes & More Minnesota chapter in 2004 and prior to that served 20 years as a volunteer for Make-a-Wish of Minnesota.
Reid was the president of the Minnesota North Stars Alumni Chapter until October 2010, whose commitments include protecting and helping fellow members through the “Hockey’s Greatest Family” program. Since its inception, the alumni have awarded more than $200,000 in charitable and scholarship donations. It’s a rich program for the former players because they maintain life-long friends through this organization and make a difference in the community.
Reid’s interest and commitment to the Minnesota Wild and to downtown St. Paul goes well beyond being the team’s color analyst. Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub opened in St. Paul shortly after the NHL franchise was confirmed. It is now a popular destination for families and hockey fans.