Beyond The Benches

CHL Veteran Konrad Reeder Bids Farewell

Last week, the Rapid City Rush made the announcement that veteran forward Konrad Reeder was making his retirement from professional hockey after eight seasons in the Central Hockey League. The surprising thing is if one were to look at Reeder’s statistics in the last few years of his career it might beg the question why such a prolific offensive player is hanging up the skates.

After graduating from St. Cloud State where he really didn’t make an impact on the stat sheet until his senior year, Reeder burst onto the scene in the CHL with the Colorado Eagles. It wasn’t until his third season in the CHL with the New Mexico Scorpions that Reeder’s offensive prowess truly began to shine. During the 2007-2008 season, Reeder posted a 108 point season while playing for the Scorpions and from there he proceeded to put together several productive seasons up until the end of his career.

However, the franchise Reeder left the biggest impact on is without a doubt the Rapid City Rush. In the final four seasons of his playing career Reeder spent a significant amount of time playing for Rapid City. Reeder was able to post impressive numbers, making it seem like he there was still more in the tank in spite of his announcement that he would be retiring. Last year, he was able to post 34 goals to go along with 36 assists good enough to be in the top 10 in scoring in the CHL.

Even though being only 32 years of age, Reeder appears ready to step away from the game and it’s one of the common reasons players step away in any profession and that is family. Based off the statement Reeder provided to the Rapid City Rush organization and their fans, it seems there is strong intention for him to stay close to the organization in Black Hills. Here it is, illustrated in the quote below:

My family and I love living in the Black Hills, and have really enjoyed becoming part of the community.  I have made one of the hardest decisions of my life to retire from the greatest game in the world, but Katie and I feel very blessed to be able to stay and raise our family in Rapid City.

Konrad Reeder will go down being close to the top of every offensive category in the history of the Rapid City Rush franchise. It is still too early to speculate on what Konrad’s next move will be(possibly a spot in the Rush organization in a coaching capacity), however rest assure he will be not forgotten in the Black Hills community.

 

 

Staff writer: Michael Memmolo is a passionate hockey fan who loves to share thoughts & opinions regarding everything having to do with the sport; especially when it has to do with the Boston Bruins. Mike lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, with his fiance Julie and their dog Graham.  He can be reached on Twitter @btownpucks.

(Photo Credit: Rapid City Rush via Twitter)