Ryan O'Reilly (ice hockey)

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Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O'Reilly - Colorado Avalanche.jpg
O'Reilly with the Colorado Avalanche in November 2014
Born (1991-02-07) February 7, 1991 (age 24)
Clinton, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Colorado Avalanche
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2009
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2009–present
Website RyanOReilly.ca

Ryan O'Reilly (born February 7, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). O'Reilly was originally drafted in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, where he spent the first six seasons of his NHL career.

Playing career[edit]


O'Reilly grew up playing hockey near his hometown of Varna, Ontario, with the Seaforth Stars of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). He then moved up to the AAA level, playing for the Huron-Perth Lakers of the Minor Hockey Alliance starting in Minor Atom in 2000–01. Touted as one of the most talented prospects to come out from the Lakers, O'Reilly then played one year of minor midget hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in 2006–07 after playing six years of Lakers hockey.[1]

O'Reilly began playing at the major junior level for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after he was the recipient of the Jack Ferguson Award as the first overall selection in the 2007 OHL Draft.[2] In his rookie season in 2007–08, O'Reilly put up a solid 52 points in 61 games and was named the Otters Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player while also earning Erie's nomination for the Bobby Smith Trophy.[3] In the following year, he backed up his rookie year with 50 assists and 66 points in 68 games for the 2008–09 season, and his all-around game was noticed when he was named the Western Conference's best penalty killer.[4]


Colorado Avalanche[edit]

After the 2008–09 OHL season, O'Reilly was drafted in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.[5] He became the youngest player in Avalanche history to appear in a regular season game when he surprisingly made the opening night roster for the 2009–10 season.[6] He earned his first NHL point in his Avalanche debut on October 1, 2009, against the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first non-first-round draft pick to immediately make the NHL in his first post-draft year since Patrice Bergeron in 2003–04.[7] O'Reilly later scored his first career NHL goal, a game-winner, on October 15 against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.[8] On October 19, following his strong start to the season, the Avalanche announced that O'Reilly and his fellow 2009 draftee Matt Duchene would spend the entire season with the Avalanche.[9] Initially leading all rookie forwards in scoring through October, O'Reilly recorded an assist in a 3–1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on October 24 to cap a seven-game point streak, which stood as the longest by a rookie throughout the season.[10]

O'Reilly in his rookie season with the Colorado Avalanche.

Suffering an offensive plateau midway through the season, O'Reilly anchored his position as a top defensive forward and penalty killer. He led the Avalanche in ice time on the penalty kill, culminating in posting two short-handed goals during a double minor penalty against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 2, 2010, to become the first Avalanche player in history to achieve two shorthanded goals in one game.[11] He finished his rookie season with the Avalanche with 26 points (eight goals and 18 assists) in 81 regular season games before making his Stanley Cup playoff debut in a 2–1 victory over San Jose in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 14. On April 18, he scored his first career playoff goal, scoring the game-winning tally in Colorado's Game 3 1–0 overtime victory over San Jose. He was credited with the goal after inadvertently deflecting Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle's pass attempt from an improbable angle into the net past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to put the Avalanche ahead in the series, two games to one.[12]

In his second professional season in 2010–11, O'Reilly remained entrenched on the shut-down third line for the Avalanche. On November 19, 2010, he appeared in his 100th NHL game, a 5–1 victory over the New York Rangers.[13] In scoring eight goals in his last 18 games, O'Reilly was able to match his rookie season contribution of 26 points and led the team for a second consecutive season in takeaways, with 72.

In the following year, 2011–12, having established himself as the leading defensive center on the Avalanche, O'Reilly developed his two-way game and increased his offensive production playing alongside linemate Gabriel Landeskog. This was recognized as he was named as the NHL's Second Star of the Week for November 28 to December 4 after contributing with seven points in four games, and was leading all Avalanche forwards in ice time.[14] On January 12, 2012, he appeared in his 200th career NHL game, scoring a goal in a 3–2 overtime defeat to the Nashville Predators.[15] Despite the Avalanche missing the playoffs for a second-straight season, O'Reilly lead the NHL and set an Avalanche record with 101 takeaways. He also more than doubled his points output for his previous two seasons combined to finish as top scorer on the Avalanche with 18 goals and 55 points.[16]

O'Reilly with the Colorado Avalanche in December 2013.

As a restricted free agent in the off-season, O'Reilly's protracted contract negotiations with the Avalanche were halted by the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), which incurred the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[17] With the lockout cancelling the start of the season, O'Reilly, in joining his brother Cal, signed a two-year contract with Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Metallurg Magnitogorsk on December 7, 2012.[18] Unlike the exodus of NHL players joining European leagues on short-term contracts, O'Reilly signed a two-year contract with the conditional opt-out clause in returning to the NHL if an agreement with the Avalanche was met. O'Reilly made his debut for Magnitogorsk in a 5–3 victory over Atlant Moscow Oblast on December 19.[19]

Despite an end to NHL lockout announced on January 12, 2013, O'Reilly was still unable to come to terms with the Avalanche and initially continued to play in Russia to miss the opening of the shortened 2012–13 season. On January 24, citing an ankle injury suffered through his 12 games with Metallurg, he mutually terminated his contract in Russia and returned for rehabilitation to North America.[20] At an impasse with the Avalanche a month into the season, O'Reilly was training with the OHL's London Knights when he ended his holdout on February 28 after signing a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Calgary Flames.[21] With a game coinciding between the two clubs on that day, the Avalanche announced during the contest that they opted to forgo compensation and secured O'Reilly to a contract by matching the Flames' offer sheet.[22]

In the 2013–14 season, under new Head Coach Patrick Roy, O'Reilly was moved to the wing to play alongside centre Matt Duchene and subsequently responded with a team-leading—and career-high—28 goals and 64 points in 80 games as the Avalanche returned to the playoffs. For the second time in his career, O'Reilly led the NHL in takeaways with 83 and, in recording just one penalty minor, was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct and sportsmanship by the League.[23]

As an impending restricted free agent, and with past difficulties in contract negotiation, the Avalanche elected to take O'Reilly to a salary arbitration.[24] On July 23, 2014, O'Reilly and the Avalanche agreed to settle prior to the arbitration hearing after negotiating a two-year, $12 million contract.[25] During the 2014–15 season, O'Reilly scored 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points, also leading the Avalanche in average ice time per game, as Colorado failed to make the 2015 playoffs.[26]

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

On June 26, 2015, the Avalanche traded O'Reilly, alongside Jamie McGinn, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, prospect J. T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[27] On July 2, O'Reilly then signed a seven-year contract extension with Buffalo worth $52.5 million, which comes into effect for the 2016–17 season. O'Reilly's signing came on the same day as the Sabres organization signed his brother Cal O'Reilly to a two-year contract.[28]

International play[edit]

Ryan O'Reilly - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012.jpg
O’Reilly with Team Canada in 2012
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Canada
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Czech Republic

O'Reilly made his international debut at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring six points in six games as captain of gold medal-winning Team Ontario. As an underage 17-year-old, O'Reilly gained selection to Team Canada the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia.[29] He scored five points in four games as and was named game MVP in the final against Russia as he helped Canada capture the gold medal for the fourth time in five years.[30]

The following year, O'Reilly was selected as captain of Canada for the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.[31] In six games, he contributed with five points before finishing in fourth place after losing 5–4 in the bronze medal game against Finland.[32]

Unable to reach the playoffs with the Avalanche after the 2014–15 regular season, O'Reilly, for the third time in his professional career, was invited to participate in the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic. He helped contribute to a dominate Canadian, scoring ten points in ten games as Canada won gold in the tournament final over Russia, their first victory in the World Championship since 2007.[33]


O'Reilly is the younger brother of fellow professional hockey player Cal O'Reilly, who has played in the NHL with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and currently with Ryan O'Reilly in the Sabres organization.[34]

On July 13, 2015, Ontario Provincial Police charged O'Reilly with impaired driving following an incident in Lucan, Ontario when the pick up truck he was driving collided with a Tim Hortons.[35] O'Reilly has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while ability impaired (alcohol) and care or control over 80 mgs. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to remain at the scene. He is set to appear in court in London on August 20, 2015.

After the incident the Buffalo Sabres organization released the following statement:

“We are aware of the reports regarding the incident involving Ryan O’Reilly last week. We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all the parties involved.”[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Huron-Perth Lakers MHAO 51 31 40 71 60
2006–07 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 50 31 43 74 42
2006–07 Toronto Jr. Canadiens OPJHL 1 1 0 1 0 4 2 0 2 0
2007–08 Erie Otters OHL 61 19 33 52 14
2008–09 Erie Otters OHL 68 16 50 66 26 5 0 5 5 2
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 8 18 26 18 6 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 13 13 26 16
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 18 37 55 12
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 12 5 5 10 2
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 29 6 14 20 4
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 28 36 64 2 7 2 4 6 0
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 17 38 55 12
NHL totals 427 90 156 246 64 13 3 4 7 2


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WHC17 1st 6 0 6 6 0
2008 Canada IH18 1st 4 3 2 5 0
2009 Canada WJC18 4th 6 2 3 5 0
2012 Canada WC 5th 7 2 2 4 4
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 1 2 3 0
2015 Canada WC 1st 10 2 8 10 0
Junior totals 16 5 11 16 0
Senior totals 25 5 12 17 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Top Prospects Game 2009
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 2014 [23]


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  29. ^ "17-year-old Ryan O'Reilly hits the ice in Slovakia during tournament with Hockey Canada's U18 team". The Huron Expositor. 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  30. ^ "Varna's Ryan O'Reilly brings home the Gold". Clinton News-Record. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  31. ^ "Ryan O'Reilly named captain of Canada's national men's under 18 team". Hockey Canada. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  32. ^ "USA edges Canada 2-1 in World Championships semi-final". Hockey Canada. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  33. ^ "Canada down Russia for gold medal at IIHF World Championships". CBS Sports. 2015-05-17. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
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  35. ^ http://www.am980.ca/2015/07/13/buffalo-sabres-centre-ryan-oreilly-charged-with-impaired-driving/?sc_ref=direct
  36. ^ http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/13/breaking-ryan-oreilly-charged-with-impaired-driving-failing-to-remain-at-scene/

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin St. Louis
Winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Jiri Hudler