Ryan Reaves is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who has achieved so much fame through his skillful playing with hockey teams such as the St. Louis Blues and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Reaves, who is currently described as an enforcer, plays for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Here you will find everything you need to know about the hockey player.
Ryan Reaves Biography
Ryan was born on January 20, 1987, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Afro-Canadian sire Willard Reaves and the Afro-Canadian dam Brenda Reaves are Canadian and his ethnicity is Afro-Canadian. His father was known for his professional football skills, playing for the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). At the time of Ryan’s birth, his father was a member of a Canadian team called Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ryan Reaves has a younger brother, Jordan, who plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a Saskatchewan-based Canadian professional football team of the Regina, who play in the Western Division of the Canadian Football League.
As for his educational background, Reaves attended St. John’s Ravenscourt School, where he was given a better opportunity to begin his hockey-playing career by playing for the school team first. At school, he also built on his passion for hockey, which he had cultivated since early childhood.
Career at NHL
After resuming his career at St. John’s Ravenscourt of Classical Academy High School (CAHS), Reaves made his NHL debut in the 2010-2011 season with the St. Louis Blues in Round 5 (156 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but before that he signed with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the big Junior League Western Hockey League (WHL) and spent three seasons with them. After working with the St. Louis Blues, he joined the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL but was later recalled by the Blues from Peoria on October 10, 2010. On his NHL debut in October 2010, Ryan was able to serve up to 15 minutes of penalty time in the Blues’ 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. At the end of his seven Blues seasons, Reaves’ games scored a total of 27 goals, 51 points, and nearly 700 minutes of penalty time.
He returned to Peoria on January 12, 2011, after two Blues games and scored his first NHL goal on January 12, 2011. This happened in a match against the Swiss professional ice hockey goalkeeper Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks.
On 23 June 2017, the big right-back was transferred to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he scored four goals and eight points in 58 games. Among the goals he scored was against Vegas, where he later moved to. Reaves, along with a selection from the second round in the 2017 NHL rookie draft, was traded in for Oskar Sundqvist and the Penguins’ selection from the first round (31st in total) in the 2017 draft. He also collected about 84 penalty minutes this season.
On February 23, 2018, the Pittsburgh Penguins exchanged the Reaves for Vegas Golden Knights’ Tobias Lindberg and he scored a goal against the Winnipeg Jets, who qualified his team for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.
Ryan Reaves is a married man. He married Alanna Forsyth in August 2014 and the wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Fairmont Winnipeg. The couple currently has a son named Kane.
Contracts And Net Worth
The career of Ryan Reave as a hockey player was quite busy. His first contract was a three-year contract with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the big junior league Western Hockey League (WHL). Later he signed a 4-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth $4,500,000, $4,500,000 of which was guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,125,000. In addition to acquiring the Reaves and selecting the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth round of the 2018 Vancouver Canucks, the Golden Knights also received 40 percent ($2 million) of Derick Brassard’s salary, giving Pittsburgh the opportunity to take over his contract. As for Reave’s salary, Reaves is expected to earn well over $1.125 million per year, although his net worth is not yet known.
Other Facts About Him
- Reaves was awarded a Steelers helmet after his legendary performance in the Pens’ 4-0 win over Nashville. He ended the game with a goal and two fights, which he called “the Reavo hat trick”.
- Reaves weighs 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb) and is 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) tall.
- He has a phenomenal sense of humor and a pile of tattoos all over his body. According to him, some of the tattoos on him are his close friends who have passed away. He also has one for his son Kane.