Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Ryan Reaves signed the photos of injured Tom Wilson. They were destroyed, says Vegas.

The deceased's blind side Striker Ryan Reaves of Vegas Golden Knights sent forward Capitals forward Tom Wilson to crash. Wilson's helmet broke off and his head bounced off the T-Mobile Arena rink.

Reaves was expelled from Tuesday's 5-3 win in Vegas, and Wilson, who suffered a concussion, will miss Thursday's game. Washington coach Todd Reirden said Wilson was "day-to-day" while recovering.

And reaves? He signed 16 x 20-inch prints of a photograph showing Wilson dazed on the ice while Reaves was escorted, said a message on social media. After each game, Reaves wrote the message he sent to reporters after Tuesday's match: "He stumbled upon a lion in the jungle."

Inscriptagraphs, a Las Vegas-based souvenir retailer, called the photos a "must-have Christmas present of the year" in an Instagram tweet and message that has since been deleted. Although apparently, nobody will have them.

Golden Knights spokesman Eric Tosi said in an email that the photos "have not been distributed and that they have been destroyed."

Inscriptagraphs removed the signed photographs from its website and from eBay on Thursday night. The representatives of the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reaves's agent was also not contacted.

Scott Allen / The Washington Post

Wilson and Reaves, both physical players, have a common story. The pair have fought twice in their career, both when Reaves played for St. Louis.

Wilson has been on a roll during his suspension-shortened season, with eight goals and six assists in 11 games. He has a reputation in the league, a reputation that did not help his illegal control at the head of St. Louis Oskar Sundqvist in September. The NHL's player safety department suspended him for 20 games, but his suspension was reduced on appeal.

Reaves was deemed major for a five-minute interference Tuesday and was ejected for Wilson's hit, but was not suspended.

"Reaves targeted him throughout the match," Reirden said Tuesday. "You could hear it at every face-off. You could hear the things that were being said. It's a blind blow when an unsuspecting player bangs his head on the ice. It's disappointing. You can put two and two together, but he has targeted it throughout the match, so you can understand that from there.

The Capitals will face the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night and visit the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday at 7 pm.

Editor-in-Chief Isabelle Khurshudyan contributed to this report.

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