The two-way center was a marquee add for the Buffalo Sabres this summer, but right now he’s making headlines for the wrong reasons. He was charged by police in small-town Ontario.
Ryan O’Reilly’s summer has taken a dramatically different turn, as the two-way center has been charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene in Lucan, Ont., near London.
The recent addition to the Buffalo Sabres just signed a mega-deal extension with the franchise that will see him make an average of $7.5 million for seven years, starting in 2016-17. But the more pressing issue involves an incident last Thursday. As noted by the Buffalo News, O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident after his 1951 pickup truck reportedly crashed into the side of a Tim Horton’s at four in the morning.
According to Ontario Provincial Police, the truck was driven away after the crash, then abandoned. The driver and a passenger then kept going on foot, where they were tracked down by police. O’Reilly was given a court appearance ticket; the unnamed passenger was not. O’Reilly also reportedly had a blood alcohol reading over the legal limit.
O’Reilly, a key member of the Colorado Avalanche since 2009-10, was dealt to the Sabres at the draft in Florida in a blockbuster trade that also saw left winger Jamie McGinn come to Buffalo. In exchange, the Avs received Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick overall (which was then traded to San Jose for later picks).
The two-way pivot was expected to provide cover for phenom center Jack Eichel, taken second overall by the Sabres in the draft. He is due in court on Aug. 20 in London.