The Ontario native O’Reilly has espied a series of drastic alterations to his life in the National Hockey League this summer. First, on June 26, O’Reilly was traded alongside teammate Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T Compher, Nikita Zadorov, and the 31st pick in the 2015 N.H.L Entry Draft. Less than one week later, O’Reilly signed a seven year extension with the Buffalo Sabres with a price tag of $52.5 million.
On July 12, Ryan O’Reilly was charged by the Ontario Provincial Police of impaired driving in Lucan, Ontario. On Monday, the Ontario Provincial Police announced that, “police were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash on July 9, where a green Chevrolet pickup truck struck a commercial retail building and the occupants left the vehicle.”
Following the alleged incident, O’Reilly continued driving his green pickup truck for an ephemeral period of time. O’Reilly then decided to abandon his truck and began walking with an undisclosed male individual. Less than a mile away from the scene of the crime, the police found O’Reilly and the unknown man.
It has been reported by the media that O’Reilly crashed into a local Tim Hortons bakeshop in Ontario, Canada. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, Ryan O’Reilly was arrested and given a breathalyzer test at the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police. In addition, the Sabres forward has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of the accident under the Highway Traffic Act, and “care or control over 80 milligrams”. O’Reilly has been released from jail, and is expected to appear in court in London, Ontario on August 20.
Following the alleged incident, Sabres general manager Tim Murray released a statement on Monday July 13. As stated by Tim Murray, “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 parties involved.”
This incident has definitely put a damper on the Buffalo Sabres offseason. The Buffalo Sabres are stated as being one of the most improved teams in the National Hockey League due to their recent additions to the team. Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach, Dan Blysma, was hired to coach the Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres drafted elite center Jack Eichel out of Boston College with the second pick in the N.H.L Entry Draft. In a blockbuster trade with the Winnipeg Jets, Evander Kane was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres. Goaltender Robin Lehner, center David Legwand, and left winger Jamie McGinn are set to wear Sabres colors and play their home games at First Niagara Center this upcoming season.
Although the Buffalo Sabres organization hope that this alleged incident will suddenly disappear out of the news, the hockey world and the Sabres Organization can be severely affected if O’Reilly is found guilty in court.