PETERBOROUGH, Ont. -- The Peterborough Petes have a new patriarch of the family.
Dave Reid said the common denominator on every team he was successful with in his extensive playing career was the feeling of family fostered within the organization.
In being introduced as the new Petes' general manager Thursday, during a press conference in the Petes' Alumni Room, Reid, a Petes' alumnus, said he wants to create a family environment within his team.
"I love being on a team and I love being in a family which is what I consider the Peterborough Petes," Reid said. "Anybody involved in the team is a family member. I learned throughout hockey the only people you can rely on in life is family. When you're involved in a team, they are your family. I had some great families throughout my years and great players. That's what I want to bring to this organization."
Reid, 45, played 1,079 NHL regular season and playoff games in a 17-year career which included two Stanley Cup championships. Since retiring in 2001, Reid has worked as a hockey analyst for The NHL Network and TSN. He's also coached in the Peterborough and Ennismore minor hockey systems.
He grew up in Etobicoke but made Peterborough, specifically Ennismore, his home after meeting his future wife Kathy while attending Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School while playing with the Petes from 1981-84. Being a part of the community and an alumni member, makes the appointment that much more special.
"To be standing here today in this position is an unbelievable experience," said Reid. "The tradition of this organization stretches around the world and, trust me, I've been around the world with TSN in hockey events and everybody knows who the Petes are. I feel it's an honour to be representing the Petes. I always felt it was an honour being a Pete no matter where I went. To me this is a huge responsibility to carry that tradition on here and make sure the players we bring in, the players who are here and everyone in the organization understands what it is about to be a Pete. It's not just about the games on the ice. It's about who you are."
Petes' president Ken Jackman said all six candidates they interviewed presented themselves well, but he said Reid best fit the profile the board of directors wanted in its GM.
"He exudes a real presence which will serve him well in dealing with the board, coaches, players, parents, agents, other GMs," said Jackman. "He has a real nice presence about him backed up by 24 years of hockey background as a player and an analyst. Based on his experience and contacts in the hockey world, he really stood out. He has a great understanding of the game.
"The fact he's local and he's alumni makes it that much better."
The board was impressed by Reid's knowledge of the OHL and the Petes despite not working directly within the league which reassured them any learning curve Reid has will be small, said Jackman.
"Dave was able to demonstrate he had a pretty good knowledge of the league and, in particular, the strengths and weaknesses of our team," said Jackman. "He has a greater knowledge than I think people give him credit for thinking he's not been directly involved in the league."
A pair of Petes' alumni -- Steve Larmer and Greg Millen -- attended the press conference to show their support for Reid.
"It's a great hire," Larmer said, "to be able to hire someone who has played here before, who has played for many, many years in the NHL, who has won Stanley Cups and knows what it takes. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He's very well organized. I think he's going to do a great job."
Millen said Reid's hiring is an exciting moment for the alumni.
"We all think very highly of Dave," said Millen. "We like to think of the Petes' organization as a family. We travel all over and kid that it's the Peterborough Mafia when we're on the road. We're really excited one of our Mafia members is now the general manager."
Millen says anyone concerned about Reid's lack of on-the-job training need not to worry.
"He's a hockey guy, has hockey connections and has a hockey IQ. When you have a hockey IQ that's the most important thing," said Millen. "I just don't think it's even an issue."