Vegas Knights Forward Ryan Reaves Speaks to Impact of NHL Playoff Postponing

By Chris Pennington on August 28, 2020 at 7:00 am
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.
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Ryan Reaves is never shy of speaking boldly.

On Thursday night, it wasn't about hockey, though. It was about something bigger than the game.

The Vegas Golden Knights' bruising winger and veteran spoke in a community press conference at a time when games were supposed to be played. Instead of the playoffs, we saw a postponing of both scheduled postseason games, and several players took to social media and interviews to voice their thoughts.

Thoughts on a heartbreaking situation, that is, being the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake earlier this week by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Though a full investigation of the incident is still in process, players like Reaves, whose team is still in playoff contention, spoke out on the importance of taking a step away from the game in a time like this.

"I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. The statement we’ve made today is something that’s going to last," Reaves said. "These two days aren’t going to fix anything, but the conversations and the statement that has been made are very powerful, especially coming from this league."

"I go to war with these guys and I hate their guts on the ice, but I couldn't be more proud of these guys."

The NHL will likely resume its scheduled games on Friday, with an adjustment in place for the teams that were originally slated to play on said day.