Daniels grew up impacting the game of hockey rather than merely calling it. From the age of 11 until the completion of his college career, he worked as a hockey official on the ice. He dabbled in sports and began his play-by-play career in 1988 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was hired because no Canadian team at the time had an official scorer. He was given the task of calling Major League Baseball games for CBC, which is how he came to do play-by-play for Blue Jays' games.
He left Canada to work in the American Hockey League before being hired by the NHL. He called games for the Chicago Wolves and Rochester Americans before moving up to the big league level. In 2000-01, he called games for the Colorado Avalanche after previous jobs included working with the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 2001-02, he became the first Canadian broadcaster to call an entire season of NHL hockey. That year, he called the Leaf's games for the entire season except for two periods of one game each. The other announcer, Brian Duffie, took over for those games. After that season, Daniels stayed with the team through the end of their playoff run. In 2003-04, he called 49 games for the Anaheim Ducks after previously working with the Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
He also had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres. Gardner was a proficient scorer and an effective presence in front of the net. He twice led the American Hockey League in scoring (1985 and 1986). Although he was a popular player, his inferior skating abilities derailed a potential career. After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with the Sabres.
Now that's what I call a future hall of famer!
Eakin, a native of Winnipeg, where his father became a police officer after retiring from hockey, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League for Swift Current, which relocated from Lethbridge, where Eakin's father and his former Stars coach, Lindy Ruff, were colleagues in the late 1970s. The younger Eakin helped lead Swift Current to the Memorial Cup in 1997.
He then went on to play four seasons with North Dakota before turning pro with the Dallas Stars. The team traded him to the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline this year.
Cody Eakin is married to Jordan's sister, Brady. They have three children together: two boys and a girl. The family lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Brady Eakin played college hockey for North Dakota from 2004-08. He now coaches youth hockey in Fargo, North Dakota.
Cody Eakin was drafted by the Stars in the second round (37th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. He scored one goal in eight games during his rookie season. The next year, he improved to score 11 goals while adding 22 assists. He had one goal and five points in six playoff games as the Stars lost in the first round to the Boston Bruins.
When his elder brother, Mark, needed to practice shooting but didn't have a goaltender, Reimer stepped in. A local minor hockey manager heard about his goaltending abilities and hired him. Because his parents were concerned if minor hockey was the perfect match for their kid, he did not participate in organized hockey until he was 12 years old.
However, once he started playing, there was no looking back. He was good, so they made him play more often. Within a few years, he was one of the top goalies in the province of Ontario where all the best players lived. In 1995, when his career seemed destined for greatness, an injury ended his hopes of being drafted by a major junior team. Instead, he decided to go to university to study computer science. After graduating, he joined the Oshawa Generals of the American Hockey League and became the first goalie ever drafted by an NHL team - the Florida Panthers. The next year, the New York Islanders took him with the second overall pick in the draft.
Now 30, Reimer is the starting goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has won two Jack Adams Awards as the league's best goaltender and has been nominated three other times. His accomplishments on the ice have earned him over $50 million during his career. In February 2014, Sports Illustrated named him the greatest netminder never to win the Stanley Cup.