Minnesota Wild Wing Ryan Reaves was fanned out Saturday night during the team’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and it wasn’t because of anything he did on the ice.
Reeves scored in the second period to give the Wild an early lead before Los Raichel tied the game in their favour. Chicago in the third period. Ryan Hartmann and Frederic Goudreau put two goals home for the Wild to help seal the win.
On the bench, Reeves is seen taking some smelling salts. Professional athletes use scented salts—which is ammonia—to stay awake and alert during games. One trainer gave Reaves one bottle to sniff, but he was seen asking for something stronger.
Reaves got to the strong stuff and took a puff. He didn’t seem to like her very much and needed a moment to recover.
“Honestly, I vomited twice,” he told reporters after the match via Athletic. “That was the toughest box I think I’ve ever had. I’ll make it a little easier next time. I think it was a new box. That was nuts. I still have a headache from it. No fun.”
In 65 games this season, Reeves has scored five goals and nine assists.
Minnesota leads the Central Division with a 42-22-9 record and 93 points. They are the third best team in the Western Conference behind Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings.