Vegas Golden Knights player Ryan Reaves launched his new beer named Training Day in Las Vegas on Thursday.
"I want to take over Vegas. I want to take over Nevada. I want to take over the world. I'm like 'Pinky and the Brain,'" Reaves said.
The gritty forward launched the first craft beer from his own 7Five Brewing company, the “Training Day,” at PKWY Tavern in Las Vegas. After playing in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche, he even stopped by the tavern to serve some fans personally from the counter.
Reaves has quickly become a fan favourite in Vegas, and was applauded by many across the NHL when he got the better of Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson when both teams faced off earlier this month. While Reaves was ejected from the game, people still loved to see what he managed to do to the league's worst trouble-maker.
The blindside hit took place late in the second period, and sent Wilson’s helmet flying off his head. The Capitals controversial player did not have the puck at the time of the play, and was in a vulnerable position as he was turned away from Reaves and clearly did not see the Golden Knights enforcer coming his way. Wilson appeared to be shaken up on the play and stayed down on the ice before being helped off by teammates. He did not return to the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion.
Reaves' beer will surely be more popular with fans and pundits than what he did once the hit went viral. The Golden Knights forward had made things worse when he autographed photos of Wilson laying on the ice injured with the caption “He ran into a Lion in the Jungle" during a private signing for Inscriptagraphs, a retailer based in Las Vegas that sells sports and entertainment memorabilia.
Reaves confirmed he did sign the photos to team insider Jesse Granger of The Athletic, but later realized it was in bad taste and called the shipment off.
"Ryan Reaves says he did sign the pictures of his hit on Tom Wilson. He later realized it was in bad taste, so he called the memorabilia store back and told them to destroy them. None of the photos were sold," posted Granger on his Twitter account.
There was no need for Reaves to rub it in even more and he was smart enough to realize it. The beer entrepreneurship surely shows how smart the enforcer can be.
We are sure he will have no problem signing some beer bottles in the near future.