Back on Tuesday night's game between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights, Ryan Reaves was kicked out of the Stanley Cup rematch in the 2nd period after a blindside and late hit on Tom Wilson.

Following the game, Reaves told reporters that "He (Wilson) ran into a lion in the jungle."

The video of the hit was all over the internet on Tuesday, as well as photos of Reaves looking over at the injured Wilson as a referee escorted him to the dressing room.

Courtesy of Russian Machine Never Breaks, one Capitals fan found a photo of the picture above from a Las Vegas retailer that sells sports memorabilia, Inscriptagraphs, that included Reaves' autograph with the aforementioned quote.

According to RMNB, the photo was listed at a private event on Thursday, December 6th in Las Vegas. The link to the photo on their website is no longer active.

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Reaves wasn't suspended for the hit while Wilson missed practice on Thursday and was ruled out of the Capitals game against the Coyotes with a concussion.


As per the Washington Post, the photos Reaves signed were never actually distrubted and have since been destroyed at Reaves' request.

(h/t RMNB)