Jeffrey K. (Jeff) Reese was born on March 24, 1966 in the town of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He played goal for the London Knights of the
Ontario Hockey League and was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 67th overall in the 1984 amatuer entry draft. Reese
spent a total of three seasons in the OHL before moving on the the Leafs' minor league affiliate in Newmarket. He broke into the National
Hockey League in 1987-88, playing 5 games for the Leafs. Jeff shuttled between the big club in Toronto and the Newmarket AHL team for the
next four years.
In 1992 he was traded to the Calgary Flames and spent parts of three seasons there. Next stop was Hartford with the Whalers
(now Carolina Hurricanes). Jeff played three seasons in Hartford as a backup goalie and was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1995. He spent part of
the 1995-96 sesaon in Tampa before being dispatched once again - this time to the New Jersey Devils. After one year in New Jersey, he spent
a season with the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League (IHL) before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He played for their AHL team in St John's and appeared in two games for the Maple Leafs in 1998-99. Those would be his last NHL appearances as
he was traded by the Leafs back to the Lightning. He never played for the Lightning though he did spend two years in a coaching capacity -
one as an assistant coach and another as a goalie coach.