Reed and Gregg Lebster
Flint connections looms large for UMASS hockey star, NCAA hockey National Champion with Flint family roots and his dad
June 30, 2021
Growing up in the East Court Street Woodlawn Park neighborhood of Flint (now called the College and Cultural neighborhood), Gregg Lebster had the opportunity to play a lot of competitive sports. The culture fostered tremendous competition, and famously produced a litany of world class athletes including Miracle On Ice Olympic Gold medalist and NHL Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders Ken Morrow, Major Leaguer and Olympic Gold medalist Jimmy Abbott, who also won the Sullivan Award and threw a no hitter for the New York Yankees, NFL Hall of Fame Paul Krause, NBA All Star Game and NBA, and National Champion Glen Rice, and Heavy Weight Boxing Champions Chris Byrd and Claressa Shields among so many others.
So even though Gregg relocated for high school to Essexville Garber, he carried that athletic DNA with him. Indeed he’s not the only one to do that. There was just something about being from Flint that you couldn’t shake, and didn’t want to. So its hardly a surprise that his son with wife Allyn Reed Lebster, is one of the top young hockey players in America. In fact, two of Gregg’s contemporaries growing up in Flint and attending Whittier Junior High with him, Jeff Lipe and Jim Badal, also have sons who are among the greatest 20 something hockey players in America. Jeff Lipe and Kelly Lipe and their son Chris, and Jim and Amy Badal and their son, Jacob (both playing high level hockey now) are part of this Flint connected lineage.
But in the recent NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four National Championship game Reed took center stage scoring a goal in the first ever hockey National Championship for his University of Massachusetts team. It was a huge moment in his and his parents' lives, but also one that Flintstones can take pride in. Like so many of the expatriates who have carried the sterling legacy of Flintstone pride with them wherever they go, the Lebster clan can claim strong strands of that hardscrabble, competitive, and success-laden legacy.
To tell the story Reed is joined by his Flintstone dad, Gregg, to impart the tale to Fish and how it all happened. It’s another gem of a tale and an altogether cool story.