Where are they now: Paul Reinhart
Paul Reinhart wasn’t a Canuck for very long.
He only donned a Canuck sweater for two seasons but in those two seasons made quite the impression with Vancouver fans and media. The classy offensively talented defenseman was the type of player that this organization coveted since its inception. Unfortunately, Reinhart’s stay as a Canuck was cut short due to chronic back pain that forced him into an early retirement at the age of 29.
“There’s no question that had the industry known how do deal with back injuries in the eighties like we do today I think I could have played another 10-15 years,” says Reinhart.
“It’s tough not to be disappointed.”
While many players in Reinhart’s situation may have found a way to remain in hockey as a coach, a scout, or manager, Reinhart says that, for him, that was never an appealing option. Instead, he made a clean break.
“When I first left the game, I spent virtually no time around it and didn’t even watch it other than as a casual fan,” says Reinhart.
“I didn’t even get on the skates for seven or eight years.”
Subsequently, upon retirement, Reinhart joined the world of high finance. The West Vancouver native is now a stock market financier and promoter.
Reinhart’s career in finance actually began in the mid eighties while he was still playing in the NHL. Friends of his, including former Calgary Flames’ owner Doc Seaman, got him involved in some Alberta-based investments that turned out to be very lucrative.
“I was fortunate enough to make some money with my investments,” says Reinhart.
“So for me it was an obvious step to move into the business world after my [hockey] career was over,”
For the past two decades, Reinhart and his associates have made a successful business out of buying shares in early-stage companies, waiting for the company’s technologies to develop, and then selling their shares for sizable profits. Past investments have included biotech and resource sector firms such as Enwave, Far West Minerals, and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals. Aside from investing his own money, Reinhart also assists in raising capital from other individuals.
The former NHL All-Star, invariably, did find his way back to the rink, eventually, to coach his three children. His kids, all teenagers now, have chosen to follow in their father’s footsteps.
Sam, 15, now plays for the Kootenay Ice, and Griffen, 17, plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. Last summer, Reinhart’s oldest son Maxwell, was drafted by the Calgary Flames.
“From a parent’s standpoint, I just hope each of the boys has an opportunity to surpass what I did,” says the proud father.
For the foreseeable future, while his boys try to fill their dad’s skates, the senior Reinhart plans to continue his career in the stock market. While the boys are shooting high, Reinhart hopes to continue selling high.