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Ryan Reaves Shares The Story Of The Time He Almost Fought His Coach

Published September 9, 2023 at 8:05 PM
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Ryan Reaves, a renowned enforcer in today's NHL, recently shared an interesting story that highlights not only his intimidation factor on the ice but also his interactions with coaches.

The Heated Exchange



During a podcast called "Empty Netters," Reaves looked back on his time with the St. Louis Blues and recalled a heated encounter with the team's former head coach, Ken Hitchcock.

This incident was sparked by Hitchcock criticizing Reaves for a mistake during a game. Reaves, known for his tough demeanor, didn't take kindly to the criticism. He admitted that he grabbed Hitchcock's tie and issued a strong threat.


I turned around and I grabbed him by the tie and said 'If you don't shut your f***ing mouth I'm going to strangle you with this tie.

Making Amends



Surprisingly, Reaves later went to Hitchcock's office to apologize for his actions. Hitchcock, displaying his seasoned coaching style, responded with a bit of humor.

So I go in to Hitch's office 'Hey Hitch my bad I didn't mean to grab your tie and say that' and he's like 'What the f*** are you talking about Reavo!'

Despite the initial intensity of the situation, it appears that both Reaves and Hitchcock moved past the incident. Their continued collaboration and mutual respect suggest that, in hindsight, they viewed it as a minor bump in their working relationship.

In this intriguing episode, Ryan Reaves' imposing presence, both on and off the ice, is evident, showcasing that even NHL coaches were not immune to his strong personality.


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