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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter CXXXVIII: 9. Paul Reinhart

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Defenseman Paul Reinhart is tied for fifth on Calgary's all-time leaderboard with 336 assists.

9. Paul Reinhart

Paul Reinhart was born on January 8th, 1960 in Kitchener, Ontario. A 5’11", 205 lb. defenseman, he joined the Kitchener Rangers in 1975-76. He played four seasons in the OHA with them, scoring 27 goals and 75 assists through his first three seasons. In 1978-79, he amped up his offensive contribution to 51 goals and 78 assists in 66 games. The Flames selected him in the first round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft with the 12th overall pick.

In 1979-80, Reinhart joined Atlanta immediately, ultimately playing in 79 games as a rookie. He was sixth on the team and led the blueline with 47 points. He scored nine goals on 130 shots with 38 assists. He had a plus-11 rating and 31 penalty minutes. He led all defensemen with a 7.5 point share, ranking behind only Kent Nilsson’s 8.2 amongst skaters. For his efforts, he finished fifth in the season ending vote for the Calder Memorial Trophy. The Flames posted a 35-32-13 record before losing in the opening round of the postseason to the New York Rangers, three-games-to-one.

1980-81 would see Reinhart play in 74 contests for the newly-relocated Calgary Flames. He scored a team-fourth and defenseman-leading 67 points by scoring 18 goals on 122 shots with 49 helpers, a plus-10 rating and 52 penalty minutes. His 8.8 point shares again led the blue line, and ranked behind only Nilsson’s 10.9. The Flames went 39-27-14 and placed third in the Patrick Division. They defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in three straight and set down the Philadelphia Flyers in seven before losing the Campbell Conference Final in six to the Minnesota North Stars. Reinhart had one marker and 14 assists, appearing in all 16 contests.

Reinhart played in 61 games for Calgary in 1981-82, lighting the lamp 13 times on 116 shots with 48 assists (including a team-leading 26 on the power play) for a team-seventh 61 points. His 6.8 point shares ranked him second amongst the team skaters. The Flames went 29-34-17 that season. They lost in the first round of the postseason to the Vancouver Canucks in three straight contests. Reinhart had an assist in the series.

In 1982-83, Reinhart had a career high 75 points for the Flames, leading the defensive corps and placing third on the club overall. He scored 17 times on 152 shots with 58 assists, a plus-1 rating, and 28 penalty minutes. He earned 8.9 point shares, tying Nilsson for second on the team behind only Lanny McDonald’s 9.8. The team won less than half the time, posting a 32-34-14 record before defeating the Canucks in the playoffs, three-games-to-one. They lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the second round in five games. Reinhart led the club with six goals, pitching in three assists.

1983-84 would see Reinhart appear in only 27 games due to a herniated disc. He scored six goals on 92 shots with 15 assists. He had a minus-10 rating and 10 penalty minutes, ending up with 2.1 point shares. The Flames finished at 34-32-14, earning 82 points and the second seed in the Smythe Division. They defeated the Canucks in the first round in four games before losing in seven contests to the Oilers. Reinhart led the Flames with 17 points through the 11 contests, scoring six goals on 31 shots.

Reinhart played a full slate of 75 games in 1984-85. He scored 23 goals on 173 shots, adding 46 assists, a plus-3 rating, and 18 penalty minutes. He again collected most of the point shares on the defensive corps, finishing second on the club with 7.9 through the season, and his 69 total points were the fourth ranked on the club and most on the defensive corps. The Flames went 41-27-12 through the season before losing in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Winnipeg Jets. Reinhart had a goal and an assist in his four appearances.

In 1985-86, Reinhart was limited to only 32 games because of recurrent back spasms. He totaled eight markers on 58 shots with 25 assists with a plus-4 rating and 15 penalty minutes. Calgary posted a 40-31-9 record, then blew through the Campbell Conference playoffs. The team defeated the Jets in three games, the Oilers in seven, and the St. Louis Blues also in seven before losing the Stanley Cup Finals in five games to the Montreal Canadiens. Reinhart appeared in 21 of the games, scoring five goals and 13 assists.

1986-87 would see Reinhart play 76 games, and score 15 goals on 120 shots with 53 assists for a team-third 68 points. He had a minus-7 rating and 22 penalty minutes with his team-second 8.3 point shares. Calgary earned a 46-31-3 record, then lost to the Jets, four-games-to-two. Reinhart had a single assist through the series.

Reinhart spent his last season in Calgary in 1987-88, but his time on ice was limited to just 14 games, four assists, and 10 penalty minutes. During the 1988 offseason, the Flames traded Reinhart with Steve Bozek to the Canucks for a third-round pick (Veli-Pekka Kautonen).

All-Time Statline: 517 games, 109 goals, 336 assists, plus-27 rating, 203 penalty minutes, 53.48 point shares.