Jarret Reid

Jarret Reid is a great coach

Jarret Reid

Jarret Reid is a great coach, and his students know it. “My son and his friends, love being on the ice with Jarret. They have become better skaters and all-around hockey player as a result. Most importantly, as a parent I trust Jarret with the boys…” –Paul Moreira. Parents like Mr. Moreira are not rare. In fact, most have similar reactions.

Jarret Reid: Mentor and Friend

Jarret Reid's success on the ice was not limited to Canada, or even his own career. Jarret not only played hockey professionally across the world, he has taught across the world as well. Before Jarret became a part of Ontario's wave hockey program, becoming the Director of Power Skating and Skill Development, Jarret conducted several skating seminars and clinics in many exotic locals. Some of these locations included, Aosta, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, Hamburg Germany, and Grenoble France. Jarret did this for a seven year period and says that the experience of the many different cultures made it easier for Jarret to relate to each individual he coached, and helped him to become versatile and adaptive in communicating with his players, a key to success in any coaching program.


Jarret Reid may no longer play on the ice, at least not professionally, but he has found other ways to put his talent to work by instructing others. Jarret's experience and natural talent in hockey made it an easy transition to becoming a wave hockey coach. Jarret now spends his time fostering young and new talent, honing their skills for possible professional careers. Something Jarret said is even more rewarding than his own hockey career had been. Jarret's love of the game of hockey started while he was growing up in Burlington Ontario. So it seems only fitting that Jarret would then become a hockey coach there, helping kids foster and nurture their talents. Jarret utilizes his 15 plus years of experience on the ice, as well as his natural born talent to help teach Wave Hockey to all of those interested in learning. Jarret says that though he is the coach, he has learned just as much, if not more from his students than they have from him.

Jarret Reid: A History

Jarret Reid was born on March 10th 1973, since then, he has developed a love for both hockey and community that have molded and shaped not only his life, but the lives of those around him. As a wave hockey instructor, Jarret now hones and develops the skills of his students with his extensive experience in the field and of course, on the ice. Jarret's natural affinities for hockey are largely attributed to him growing up in Ontario Canada, where the sport and all it's participants are held in the highest regard. It was here that Jarret would develop his interest in hockey and discover his talents that came with it.


Over the years, Jarret Reid has received a remarkable amount of various awards and distinctions that catapult him to the upper echelons of sport greatness. His dedication, passion, and skill in hockey are the traits he says he has to thank most for his accrued accolades and general success in his career. In 1990, Jarret would be picked 4th overall in the first drafting round of the OHL, being picked up by the Sault Greyhounds. That same year Jarret would go on to become the leading rookie scorer in the 1990 to 1991 season, scoring 38 points alone. During his three years with the Greyhounds, they would win every single OHL championship, thanks both to Jarret's talent and leadership. In 1993, Jarret helped seize the Memorial Cup, in a clutch 4-2 victory against the Peterborough Petes. Not satisfied with that, upon winning the Memorial Cup, Jarret also received recognition by the Government of Ontario for distinguished performance in the field of an amateur sport. This International Achievement Award was presented by Bob Ray, the premiere of Ontario.

Jarret Reid: A Team Player

When asked what makes a good player, Jarret believes there are many factors. Among the most important are discipline, passion, hard work, and teamwork. However, none are as important to Jarret as having heart. Jarret says that the biggest defining trait for a team player is that he never gives up, no matter the obstacles or the odds, a champion perseveres through thick and thin, never settling for second best. It is this very attitude says Jarret, that contributed to his success both as a hockey player and a coach. As a coach, Jarret hopes to instill a sense of perseverance and passion in his players that he believes will help lead them to enjoy careers even more successful and impressive than Jarret's himself. To do so, Jarret exercises the old idiom that practice makes perfect. Practice is what lead Jarret to become drafted in the NHL in the 5th round. Practice has allowed Jarret to be abducted into the OHL 50 Score Alumni. This is why Jarret knows that the difference between a good coach and a great coach, is to lead not through instruction, but example.


During Jarret Reid's stay with the Sault Greyhounds, he went above and beyond the call of duty, and contributed more to the team than most others could dream of. In 1993, Jarret became the regular season leading scorer on the Greyhounds, and would later become the playoff season leading scorer, and even receive the coveted playoff MVP award, one of the most prestigious awards one can receive.

Jarret Reid: Coach

Jarret Reid may no longer play on the ice, at least not professionally, but he has found other ways to put his talent to work by instructing others. Jarret's experience and natural talent in hockey made it an easy transition to becoming a wave hockey coach. Jarret now spends his time fostering young and new talent, honing their skills for possible professional careers. Something Jarret said is even more rewarding than his own hockey career had been. Jarret's love of the game of hockey started while he was growing up in Burlington Ontario. So it seems only fitting that Jarret would then become a hockey coach there, helping kids foster and nurture their talents. Jarret utilizes his 15 plus years of experience on the ice, as well as his natural born talent to help teach Wave Hockey to all of those interested in learning. Jarret says that though he is the coach, he has learned just as much, if not more from his students than they have from him.


Jarret Reid not only played hockey professionally across the world, he has taught across the world as well. Before Jarret became a part of Ontario's wave hockey program, becoming the Director of Power Skating and Skill Development, Jarret conducted several skating seminars and clinics in many exotic locals. Some of these locations included, Aosta, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, Hamburg Germany, and Grenoble France. Jarret did this for a seven year period and says that the experience of the many different cultures made it easier for Jarret to relate to each individual he coached, and helped him to become versatile and adaptive in communicating with his players, a key to success in any coaching program.

Jarret Reid: The Professional Player

Though Jarret Reid had much success in the amateur hockey leagues, including receiving the International Achievement Award, (an award given out by the Government of Ontario for distinguished performance in the field of an amateur sport), Jarret's success as a professional player may have even dwarfed his accomplishments as an amateur. Over the years as an amateur player, Jarret would hone and develop his skills to become one of the best professional hockey players in the world. Jarret would start his professional career in the fifth round draft pick of the NHL, where he would be picked up by the Hartford Whalers in 1992. His time with the Whalers would be brief however, and Jarret would then go on to become a Springfield Indian in the American League. Jarret would spend two years on the Indians, being a scoring force and a natural born leader for the team. With the Springfield Indians Jarret would develop the skills needed to become a threatening professional in the highly competitive European scene later.


After Jarret Reid's two year stay in the American League, he moved on to a much more rigorous, well established one, the European scene. There Jarret would play eight years of professional hockey for a wide variety of teams. These teams were featured in Italy, France, and Germany. In Germany Jarret would go on to rank as number 4 in the all time scorer list for Timmendorfer Strand in the German Bundesliga, Oberliga, with six hundred and fifty seven points in two hundred and thirty professional games. Jarret's ability to drive the puck home has been apparent throughout the entirety of his hockey career.

Jarret Reid: Heart of a Champion

When asked what makes up a champion, Jarret believes there are many factors. Among the most important are discipline, passion, hard work, and teamwork. However, none are as important to Jarret as having heart. Jarret says that the biggest defining trait for a champion is that he never gives up, no matter the obstacles or the odds, a champion perseveres through thick and thin, never settling for second best. It is this very attitude says Jarret, that contributed to his success both as a hockey player and a coach. As a coach, Jarret hopes to instill a sense of perseverance and passion in his players that he believes will help lead them to enjoy careers even more successful and impressive than Jarret's himself. To do so, Jarret exercises the old idiom that practice makes perfect. Practice is what lead Jarret to become drafted in the NHL in the 5th round. Practice has allowed Jarret to be abducted into the OHL 50 Score Alumni. This is why Jarret knows that the difference between a good coach and a great coach, is to lead not through instruction, but example.


Jarret Reid's idea of a champion has somewhat changed over the years. When he first began his career in the OHL, he believed that talent made a champion, that the individual helped carry the team. It was only later in life that Jarret realized it was entirely the other way around, and that his team helped carry him to greatness. Jarret realized that the relationship between team members was just as important, if not more important than each individual talent. So when asked what makes the heart of a champion beat, Jarret would say that it is comradery and good will, not talent that leads a team to victory.

Jarret Reid: Community Servant

Jarret Reid has focused much of his life on Hockey. He has been able to move that focus to being only about hockey to instead being about his daughter first and hockey second. Although he still coaches and instructs Hockey Players, he also now has another more important goal, teaching and helping his own daughter. She was born with Type One Diabetes. This devastating disease has helped Jarret Reid to understand what was truly important in life, and he has turned into an outstanding advocate for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Helping to host numerous teams as well as being a part of the Cory Conacher Foundation has helped Jarret Reid learn and grow.


Jarret Reid has always had a strong sense of community service and at the age of 19 and 20 he took part in helping the United Way through some photo shoots and posters of Jarret in his uniform with children. The poster and photos helped raise money for The United Way. Fast forward almost 20 years, and Jarret Reid is back giving of himself again as he works with the Cory Conacher Diabetes Hockey Camp ad well as the Cory Conacher Golf Tournament held in Burlington Ontario.


Jarret Reid is a dedicated member of his community and is proud to be a part of these great causes. He understands how important it is for money to be raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and how important it is for kids with diabetes to be able to take part in the Cory Conacher Summer camp.

Jarret Reid: Higher Performance Power Hockey

Jarret Reid, as the Director of Power Skating it is Jarret’s job to help teach people, the skills necessary to be a powerful hockey player. According to the Wave Hockey website that includes: “technical power skating program that emphasizes first-step quickness, reaction skills, lateral movement, stickhandling and puck control, explosiveness, power and acceleration.”


To this day, Cory Conacher, who is one of the NHL’s shorter men, relies upon his speed more than many. Conacher knows that Jarret Reid and the people at the High Performance and Power Skating Program at Wave Hockey were instrumental in helping to make him better on the ice. Conacher notes that he sees a “huge improvement in foot speed, balance, and stride length” since getting coaching from Jarret Reid and Wave Hockey.


Another professional Hockey Player, who has learned a lot from Jarret Reid, is Chad Wiseman. Currently playing for a Swedish Team, Wiseman knows that a big part of his success has been working with Jarret Reid for the past 5 years. Wiseman believes that Jarret Reid is great at working with any player at any skill level. Wiseman notes, “He can quickly break down areas that need improvement with an approach that makes sense and is easy to understand.


Whether it is coaches or owners of hockey teams, such as Bob Boughner President and Owner of the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club, Jean Luic, the Head Coach for the Oakville Rangers Minor Peewee AAA team or parents who are looking to make the children’s dreams reality, they all agree that Jarret Reid is a great coach and instructor.

Jarret Reid Helps the JDRF

Jarret Reid is a dedicated father who understands that with children come challenges. Jarret Reid never wanted his children to have to face those challenges. That was his job as a father. Unfortunately, parents do not always get a choice. When Jarret was faced with the prospect, of his Daughter having diabetes, he knew that it was not something he could take away from her. So instead he focused his efforts on helping to raise awareness and money as well as helping children with diabetes who might otherwise not have some incredible opportunities.


So Jarret Reid volunteers his time and helped run free skates at the rink he works at. Wave Hockey is very supportive of Jarret and his daughter, and they have helped Jarret work towards raising money and helping the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. One of his partners in that is one of the very few NHL Players who have Diabetes, Cory Conacher. Conacher grew up in Burlington and has spent time at Wave Hockey learning from Jarret Reid.


Jarret Reid knows that this fight against diabetes is a long road, but he is committed to traveling it along with his friends. He knows that the more he does today, the more opportunities that will be there for his daughter. Jarret Reid also understands that professional athletes who have health issues and fight through them the way that Conacher has been an inspiration to not just children, but to people all over the world. He also knows that these are the type of people his daughter will look up to.