Reimer laughs that he truly discovered the balloons in a again room of their residence within the San Jose space when he’d returned from a street journey nonetheless at 399 wins, after a minor harm prevented him from making his scheduled four-hundredth look.
“I ruined the ‘400’ balloons,” Reimer joked.
Not surprisingly it didn’t reduce the second for Reimer or his household.
And whereas he’s reticent to speak about himself as many hockey gamers are, he acknowledged the milestone has given him pause and allowed him to replicate on his journey.
“I think it’s different for goalies, right?” Reimer stated.
1,000 video games for a skater is a monumental achievement.
“I don’t really know what the big milestone is for goalies,” Reimer added. “Is it 500? Is it 750?”
But 400 is a line within the sand to make certain, even when Reimer wonders out loud whether or not there may be actually that a lot distinction between 400 and 401.
“But it was kind of cool,” Reimer acknowledged. “For me. I guess everybody has a special story, you don’t get to the NHL without people in your life.”
And so a milestone means that you can assume on these constructing blocks.
“You remember all the people and things,” he stated. “People who sacrificed and the things that kind of fell into place that allowed me to play.”
Reimer is a religious Christian, in order that’s the place the story all the time begins and ends for him.
“For me faith is a big thing,” Reimer stated. “I feel throughout my career, God had this in store for me. So I try to be thankful every day.”
And then dad and mom and siblings who supported financially and within the dedication of time that hockey calls for.
“It’s incredible,” he stated.
And then his spouse of greater than decade, April.
“Then your wife becomes that main support, praying for you and encouraging you,” Reimer stated.
Although the children are too younger to be too anxious about colleges and pals in relation to profession planning, final summer time offered one other fork within the street for Reimer, who was an unrestricted free agent that didn’t appear to suit into the plans of his former group in Carolina.
Reimer was aware of San Jose and he felt there have been alternatives within the offing, even when there was an outward notion this was a group in transition, if not outright decline.
“I think a big thing for me was you wanted to have an opportunity to play and you wanted to have an opportunity to win,” Reimer stated. “Those are the two reasons you play, right?”
Management, led by GM Doug Wilson, made it clear that getting again to the playoffs after two straight years out of the postseason was a precedence.
“Those were big things for me,” Reimer stated. “I was excited about this team and talent we had.”
Still, it was laborious to think about then that Reimer’s arrival would have such a pivotal impression on the Sharks’ fortunes.
“It’s kind of fun playing that role where you’re trying to prove people wrong,” Reimer stated. “I think we’ve really played pretty well and put ourselves in a pretty good spot.”
And, sure, he has loved private success, though Reimer has seen plenty of ups and downs alongside the best way to know to not get too carried away.
“The first part of the season has gone well and you’re happy when things go your way,” Reimer stated. “But I’ve played long enough to know that there’s time when you play well and pucks still go in. And times you play bad and pucks stay out. It’s the wild world of sports right?”