Often the first player on the ice and the last to leave it, Toronto native Cal O’Reilly is a centerman who features terrific vision, a dedication to playing in the dirty areas of the ice, and has the knack for popping in very timely goals.
Cal was a three-year product of the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Windsor Spitfires. During his time with the OHL outfit he showed a year-by-year improvement, excelled both offensively and defensively, and managed to play a quality number of games each season. He scored 193 points (44 goals and 149 assists) in 197 games in his time with the Spitfires.
This success paved the way for O’Reilly’s selection by the Nashville Predators in the famed and hugely talented 2005 NHL Draft (5th Round, 150th Overall). His professional hockey career would begin in Milwaukee where he would study underneath Claude Noel and Lane Lambert. He displayed great vision on the ice, was an extremely talented tape-to-tape passer, and was committed to fiercely playing both sides of the puck.
While playing his first full season with the Ads (2006-07), O’Reilly lead the team with 47 assists and was second on the team with 65 points. He would go on to lead the Ads in assists from 2006-09. In the 2007-08 season, he lead the whole team in scoring with 79 points and became the became first Admiral since Tony Hrkac (1996-97 season) to finish with more than 60 assists.
His defensive responsibilities also showed tremendous improvement on a year-to-year basis. O’Reilly went from a plus-minus of -11 in 2006-07 to a +19 in 2009-10. His well-rounded abilities were recognized by the AHL while representing the Admirals as a two-time member of the All Star Classic (2008-09 and 2009-10).
In total spent five seasons as a member of the Admirals (2005-09). In the AHL history of the team, no other player has contributed more assists (197) than Cal O’Reilly. His overall scoring output of 253 points is second only to Darren Haydar’s 276. He has also suited up for the sixth most games played by an Admiral (262), including 31 Playoff appearances.
Since his time in Milwaukee, O’Reilly has enjoyed a productive NHL career. Over the last three years, he has played a part for the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Currently Cal O’Reilly plays overseas in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) as a member of Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
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