Ryan Reaves

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Ryan Reaves
Ryan Reaves 1 2017-10-04.jpg
Reaves during his brief tenure with the Penguins in 2017
Born (1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 32)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
St. Louis Blues
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 156th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2007–present

Ryan Reaves (born January 20, 1987) is a Canadian-American[1] professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Reaves has been described in the NHL as an enforcer.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Reaves played in the 2000 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Winnipeg South Monarchs minor ice hockey team.[4]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Reaves with the St. Louis Blues in 2014.

Reaves was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in round 5, #156 overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[5] He played major junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League.

Reaves was recalled from the Peoria Rivermen by the Blues on October 10, 2010, after Cam Janssen suffered a concussion from a hit to the head in the Blues season opener on October 9.[6] Reaves made his NHL debut on October 11, 2010. In his first game, he served 15 penalty minutes in the Blues' 5–1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.[7] He was returned to Peoria after two games with the Blues as Vladimír Sobotka returned from the IR.[8] He later scored his first NHL goal on January 12, 2011, again against the Ducks, on goaltender Jonas Hiller.[citation needed]

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

On June 23, 2017, after seven seasons with the Blues, Reaves was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with a second-round pick (51st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Oskar Sundqvist and the Penguins' first-round pick (31st overall) in the 2017 draft.[9] In the 2017–18 season, Reaves added muscle to the Penguins lower lines, providing 4 goals and 8 points in 58 games.[citation needed]

Vegas Golden Knights[edit]

On February 23, 2018, Reaves was involved in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Penguins received Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights in exchange for Reaves as part of a three-way trade also involving the Ottawa Senators.[10] Reaves scored the series-winning goal over the Winnipeg Jets that qualified the Golden Knights for the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.[11] He also scored in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in a 6-4 Golden Knights victory, though Washington would come back and win the next four games.[citation needed]

On July 1, Reaves signed a two-year contract with the Golden Knights.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Reaves is the son of Willard Reaves, a former professional football player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL).[13] At the time of his birth in Winnipeg, his father was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His brother, Jordan Reaves is a player with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 St. John's-Ravenscourt CAHS 19 20 12 32 82
2004–05 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 64 7 9 16 79 23 2 4 6 43
2005–06 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 68 14 14 28 91 6 0 1 1 8
2006–07 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 69 15 20 35 76 11 1 4 5 19
2007–08 Alaska Aces ECHL 9 2 0 2 42 2 0 0 0 22
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 31 4 3 7 46
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 57 8 9 17 130 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 76 4 7 11 167
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 50 4 6 10 146
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 2 2 4 78
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 3 1 4 124 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 13 6 3 9 34
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 4 2 6 79 6 0 0 0 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 2 6 8 126 6 0 0 0 6
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 6 6 12 116 6 1 0 1 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 3 1 4 68 5 0 0 0 7
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 7 6 13 104 11 0 0 0 8
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 4 4 8 84
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 21 0 2 2 10 10 2 0 2 18
2018–19 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 80 9 11 20 74 7 0 0 0 17
NHL totals 578 40 41 81 863 53 3 0 3 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacKey, Jason (September 27, 2017). "Ryan Reaves wouldn't visit White House if he had the choice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Simmons, Steve (June 24, 2017). "Penguins now have enforcer on its bench". Toronto Sun. Chicago. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Traikos, Michael (October 3, 2017). "Fighting in the NHL is making a late-round comeback — because today's enforcers can actually play". The National Post. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  5. ^ "2005 NHL Entry Draft". National Hockey League. 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  6. ^ "Blues recall Reaves from Peoria". St. Louis Blues. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  7. ^ "Former Knight Philip McRae recalled by St. Louis". hockeyprospect.com. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  8. ^ "Blues assign Reaves to Peoria". St. Louis Blues. 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  9. ^ "Pens add muscle with Reaves". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  10. ^ "Penguins Acquire Derick Brassard in Three-Team Trade with OTT and VGK". NHL.com. Pittsburgh Penguins. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Gearty, Alec (May 20, 2018). "Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves embraces jeers, stuns doubters as Golden Knights down Jets". sportingnews.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights Sign Forward Ryan Reaves". NHL.com. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Beleskey a Windsorite in birth certificate only". Windsor Star. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2016-01-19.

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