Ve­gas’ Reaves signed pho­tos of Wil­son af­ter in­jur­ing him

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - JA­COB BOGAGE

The late blind­side hit from Ve­gas Golden Knights for­ward Ryan Reaves sent Cap­i­tals for­ward Tom Wil­son crash­ing down. Wil­son’s hel­met popped off, and his head bounced on the T-Mo­bile Arena ice.

Reaves was ejected from Tues­day’s game, a 5-3 Ve­gas win, and Wil­son, who sus­tained a con­cus­sion, will miss Thurs­day’s game. Wash­ing­ton coach Todd Reirden said Wil­son is “day-to-day” while he re­cov­ers.

And Reaves? He signed 16-by-20 inch copies of a pho­to­graph that shows Wil­son dazed on the ice as Reaves is es­corted away, posts on so­cial me­dia in­di­cated. On each pic­ture, Reaves wrote the mes­sage he gave re­porters af­ter Tues­day’s game: “He ran into a lion in the jun­gle.”

In­scrip­ta­graphs, a Las Ve­gas-based mem­o­ra­bilia dealer, called the pho­tos the “must have Christ­mas Gift of the Year” in a since-deleted tweet and In­sta­gram post. Though ap­par­ently no one will be get­ting them.

Ve­gas Golden Knights spokesper­son Eric Tosi said in an email that the pho­tos “were not dis­trib­uted and they have been de­stroyed.”

In­scrip­ta­graphs re­moved the signed pho­to­graphs from its web­site and eBay on Thurs­day evening. Representatives from the com­pany did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. Reaves’ agent also could not be reached.

Wil­son and Reaves, both phys­i­cal play­ers, have a his­tory with each an­other.

They have fought twice in their ca­reers, both times when Reaves played for St. Louis.

Wil­son has been on a tear dur­ing his sus­pen­sion-short­ened sea­son, with eight goals and six as­sists in 11 games. He has a surly rep­u­ta­tion in the league be­cause of al­ter­ca­tions such as the ones with Wil­son and one in which he il­le­gally checked the head of St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist in Septem­ber. The NHL’s Depart­ment of Player Safety sus­pended him 20 games for that, though his sus­pen­sion was re­duced af­ter an ap­peal.

Reaves was as­sessed a five-minute ma­jor for in­ter­fer­ence Tues­day and was ejected for the hit on Wil­son, but he was not sus­pended.

“Reaves tar­geted him the en­tire game,” Reirden said this week. ‘

“You could hear it on ev­ery face­off. You could hear the things that were be­ing said. It’s a blind­side head on the ice. That’s dis­ap­point­ing. You could put two and two to­gether, but he tar­geted him the en­tire game, so you can fig­ure that out from there.”


Braden Holtby, left, of the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals checks on Tom Wil­son af­ter he was hurt in a col­li­sion with Ryan Reaves, not shown, of the Ve­gas Golden Knights on Tues­day.

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