Ryan Reaves gets absolutely bodied by a 5’9 forward just days after saying ‘Make hockey violent again’

Here’s something that wasn’t on my bingo card for Tuesday’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs: Ryan Reaves getting bulldozed by a hit from a five-foot-nine, 187-pound Australian player.

The hit occurred just days after Ryan Reaves weighed in on the controversial incident between Morgan Rielly and Ridly Greig, which led to the Maple Leafs’ defenseman getting a five-game suspension following a cross-check to the head as a response to an empty-net slap shot.

Reaves wasn’t on the ice when Greig scored his already infamous goal, but when speaking to the media a few days afterward, he claimed today’s hockey is a ”different brand” than he’s used to. He also said hockey has gone soft.

“Make hockey violent again, a tattoo I should get,” Reaves said, referring to the fact that an incident like that would’ve never happened when he ”entered the league.”

Ryan Reaves has been slammed for his statements, with fans getting fed up with him ’acting tough.’

And in Tuesday’s game with the St. Louis Blues, Reaves yet again found himself in the spotlight for a less flattering reason.

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 14: TJ Brodie #78 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on October 14, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just 5’9 and 187-pounds, Nathan Walker caught Reaves with a massive hit along the boards, which had Reaves falling to the ice on his backside.

Reaves quickly got up, but it didn’t take long for the hit to go viral on social media, with everyone finding the hit amusing, to say the least. 

”That’s 5’9 Nathan Walker knocking down Ryan Reaves, a day after Reaves said ’Make hockey violent again,’” one account said.

”This never would have happened with Ryan Reaves on the ice,” another hilariously said.

”I’m sorry but if you say ’make hockey violent again’ and then get bodied by the little Australian boy a day later you gotta retire,” a third said.

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