Cal O'Reilly's Brother Taken First in OHL Draft
May 7, 2007
“Ever since I watched my brother play in the OHL it was my goal to be in a position to be selected first overall in the OHL Priority Selection,” said O’Reilly, whose brother Cal played three seasons for the Windsor Spitfires (2003-2006) and recently completed his first full season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
“I am excited that I reached this goal and I am honored to be in this position today. I would like to thank the Otters for selecting me and for all of the support I received from my family allowing me to enjoy this memorable moment.”
O’Reilly spent the 2006-2007 season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens minor midgets where he collected 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points in 50 games. The 16 year-old from Varna, Ontario also played five games (one regular season and four playoff) with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League collecting three goals.
“We are excited to make this young man a part of our team,” said Otters General Manager and Managing Partner Sherry Bassin. “Ryan is a tremendously talented player who will help our hockey team as we continue to move forward. On top of that, he is also an outstanding individual who comes from a caring family and possesses all the values that we, as an organizations, consider to be extremely important when it comes to putting together the pieces of a successful team.”
Cal finished the season as the Admirals top rookie scorer and second on the team's roster with 65 points (18g-47a). He was named the AHL's rookie of the month in April when he postned three goals and six assists for nine points and a +5 rating in just five games.