O'Reilly in April 2016.
September 30, 1986 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
|NHL Draft||150th overall, 2005
Callahan O'Reilly (born September 30, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently on loan to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, while under contract to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cal's younger brother Ryan also plays with the Sabres.
O'Reilly grew up in the small community of Varna, Ontario playing minor hockey for the Huron-Perth Lakers (MHAO). After his minor midget season he was drafted in the 8th round (150th overall) by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection. O'Reilly played the 2002–03 season with the St. Marys Lincolns Jr.B. team of the Western Ontario Hockey League (OHA), where he led all rookies in scoring and made the WOHL All-Rookie Team, prior to suiting up for the Windsor Spitfires the following season.
In his rookie season (2003–2004) O'Reilly struggled offensively out of the gate, scoring just 3 goals and tallying 18 assists for a total of 21 points, and was a -1 on the season, but was a strong defensive contributor on a defensively weak team, and also greatly improved his penalty killing and stick checking ability throughout this season. In the playoffs, O'Reilly dressed in 3 of the team's 4 games, tallying 1 assist and was a -minus 2. The following season (2004–05), O'Reilly came back as a man on a mission, tallying 24 goals and 50 assists, for a total of 74 points, finishing 2nd in Team Scoring, while also establishing the best plus minus rating on the team at +9, providing more evidence to O'Reilly's strong defensive game as a Centre. During the 2005 playoffs, O'Reilly helped lead the Spitfires to the second round, tallying 4 goals and 5 assists, for 9 points, placing him tied for second in team playoff scoring.
O'Reilly would return for the 2005-2006 OHL regular season as a third year Spitfire veteran to truly lead by example, setting the team scoring pace by tallying 18 goals and 81 assists (tied for 3rd in the league with Wojtek Wolski). The closest Spitfire trailed O'Reilly by 47 points (Ryan Garlock 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points)
O'Reilly was drafted 150th overall in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He played with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2003–04 to the 2005–06 season. He made his NHL debut in 2008–09. O'Reilly scored his first NHL goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on March 28, 2009.
On July 7, 2011, O'Reilly signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators. At the start of the following 2011–12 season on October 28, 2011, O'Reilly was traded from the Predators to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 4th-round draft pick in 2012.
On February 1, 2012, O'Reilly was picked up on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made his debut with the team 3 days later against Boston Bruins. He recorded his first point with the Penguins on February 5 against the New Jersey Devils.
After a successful debut season with Metallurg, due to injury O'Reilly failed to replicate his form and was released from his second year after only 14 games. On November 19, 2013, O'Reilly signed a standard player contract (SPC) for the remainder of the 2013-14 season with the Utica Comets of the AHL. He was instrumental in turning the Comets season around, scoring 45 points in 52 games in falling short of the playoffs.
On July 2, 2014, O'Reilly signed a contract with the Comets parent NHL club, the Vancouver Canucks on a one-year deal. O'Reilly was returned on assignment to Captain the Utica Comets for the 2014–15 season.
Entering the 2016–17 season, O'Reilly continued his second year within the Sabres organization as the captain of AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He was recalled and featured in 11 games with the Sabres for 1 assist, however primarily remained with the cellar-dwelling Americans with 42 points in 47 games. O'Reilly was loaned by the Sabres organization to the Toronto Marlies on March 8, 2017.
- Cal O'Reilly's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Retrieved Mar. 04, 2009.
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- "O'Reilly re-assigned to Marlies". Rochester Americans. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-03-08.