'That is literally the one beef that I have with this city.' Said Ryan Reaves. “I like snow during Christmas.”
By Toni Gonzales
It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. That was the name of the sendoff that former Las Vegas Golden Knight Ryan Reaves saw at the Park MGM on Wednesday night. Reaves, commonly referred to as ‘Reavo,’ was one of VGK’s most beloved players since his start with the team in 2018. In late July of this year, he was traded to the New York Rangers (that sentence also hurts to type).
One-on-One Interview with Reaves
“I am going to miss T-Mobile. I am going to miss coming out of the helmet. I think that was my favorite thing about playing at T-Mobile.” said Reaves. “The buildup of when you are walking out on the ice,” he says with a big sigh.
We got the chance to talk to Reavo one-on-one on Wednesday night where he was the recipient of a celebratory sendoff at Park MGM. First fans had the chance to say their goodbyes and get his autograph on choice items.
The Ultimate Reavo Fan
For one fan, Charli Rees, her item of choice was her ankle. “I love him! He’s a fighter, I love fighting. I do muy thai and he a bad a** He is like the last enforcer of the NHL and he’s just awesome,” she said. “I am pretty pissed. I am really sad. Him and Fleury were my two favorite players of all time. But I am glad that he is going to New York because they are going to continue letting him beat people up,” Charli is happy to admit.
What Vegas Taught Reaves
As for heading to New York, Reaves has this to say. “I do like the snow in the winter. That is one thing that I am not going to miss about Vegas is green Christmas. That is literally the one beef that I have with this city. I like snow during Christmas.”
Reaves does admit to having a tough battle ahead with Ranger fans, “I am not always welcome right when I come to a city, but I have fun winning them over.” If Vegas taught Reaves anything it was that the best way to win friends is through the sharing of beer. Reaves, the owner of 7five Brewing has that covered. “Don’t worry, we are working on bringing the beer, that is no doubt,” Reaves says adamantly.
With regard to the team he is optimistic, “I am going to have fun trying to win a Stanley Cup with a good young team. I am 34 and I haven’t won one yet and I am going to have fun trying to get back on that.”
It’s hard to say who feels the bigger loss, Las Vegas, or its locals. For Ryan, the fans are among the things he will miss the most, “the locals here, they are so nice and welcomed me so much to the city and they have supported me so much on and off the ice.” he said. “I am definitely going to miss that.”
Ditto Reavo. Ditto.
Later, after greeting fans, Ryan headed over to On The Record for a party complete with a red carpet and sendoff worthy of a Knight. Inside the speakeasy Reaves:
He may even get in some dancing. “I like to cut a rug every once in a while.” As for his go to dance song? “‘Loyal’ by Chris Brown. I don’t know why, I like to dance to that song.”
Fitting since that’s how his fans are with him, loyal.
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