Rangers Roundup: Ryan Reaves goes WOO, Adam Graves honors Jim Neilson, and more

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Mar 19, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) and New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) fight during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are starting to come into the Tri-state area in preparation for the opening of training camp on September 21.

One particularly large and tough Blueshirt was in New Jersey on Thursday night. Ryan Reaves, ‘the baddest man in the NHL’ was hanging out with ‘the man’, Ric Flair of professional wrestling fame.

Ryan Reaves and Ric Flair go WOO!

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Reaves, 35, registered 5 goals and 13 points while averaging 10:39 per game in his first season on Broadway. He led the team in hits by a wide margin at 279. Defenseman Jacob Trouba was next at 207. His reputation as one of the most feared fighters in the league certainly kept the opposition in check from taking too many liberties on his teammates.

“I used to hang out with Bob Probert. Bobby was the baddest bad boy of them all,” Flair exclaimed. “Now I hang with Ryan Reaves, the baddest man in the NHL. If you don’t think so, tell me what game to be at with the baddest man in the NHL.”

Both Reaves and Flair let out a giant “WOOOOO” to end the clip.

According to the site Hockey Fights, Reaves was in only three tussles in 2021-22 and was voted winner in two of them.

  • 11/16/21 win vs Michael Pezzetta (MON)
  • 12/14/21 loss vs Kurtis MacDermid (COL)
  • 3/19/22 win vs Pat Maroon (TBL)

Adam Graves helps reveal Jim Neilson Sports Complex

Jim Neilson passed away on November 6, 2020 at the age of 79. He played 12 seasons with the New York Rangers from 1962 to 1974 registering 298 points. Neilson was affectionately known as ‘The Chief’, his mother was a Cree from the Big River First Nation.

This week, Blueshirts legend Adam Graves helped unveil the Jim Neilson Sports Complex on Big River First Nation, where he was born.

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