Ryan O'Reilly, former forward for the Buffalo Sabres.

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5 Most Interesting Things We Just Learned About Ryan O'Reilly

July 02, 2018 - 5:08 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - You've heard about Ryan O'Reilly, the 27-year-old forward who the St. Louis Blues just acquired by way of trade with the Buffalo Sabres. You know he has recorded 55 or more points in each of his last five seasons. You also probably know that he was tied for third in the NHL last year in power play goals, with 15. 

But here's five facts that we're willing to bet you don't know about him.

O'Reilly joined our Chris Hrabe, Monday afternoon and they were able to talk about his plans to improve this Blues team into a Stanley Cup contender. But they also talked about life outside of hockey.

1) Loves volleyball

O'Reilly says he has a nice grass volleyball court in his backyard that gets a lot of use during the offseason. He was actually playing with his family Sunday evening, when he found out he was being traded to St. Louis. 

"One of my favorite sports, besides hockey. But yeah we were just having a little family function and playing volleyball, then got a call that I'm on the St. Louis Blues now." 

2) He's a folk singer in his spare time

Music is his escape from hockey. O'Reilly says he plans to check out the local venuse when he arrives in St. Louis. He also plays the guitar and does some "singer, songwriter type stuff." 

"It's kind of folky, nothing too crazy."

He says Jim James is one of his favorite artists at the moment. 

3) Became a new dad in December

O'Reilly's first child, a son, was born in December. 

"It's the greatest thing in the world. I don't think I'll do anything better than having my son. It's especially true last year when things weren't going well at the rink, to see the smile on his face and watch him grow."

His name is Jameson and O'Reilly says he's just going to enjoy his time until he's old enough to start chirping dad about his stats. 

4) Hates to take penalties 

Last year he had just two minutes in the sin bin – total for the season. He told us about the first time he ever had to serve a penalty. 

"When I was a kid, I think I was playing house league and I got (a penalty) for taking a slap shot and I cried my eyes out in the penalty box. I thought from there on, never again." 

But in all honesty, he says he if needs to take a cross-checking penalty or two to look a little more fearsome in the NHL, he'll do it.

5) Believes Blues D-core is among best in the NHL

This is something he told media during a phone press conference, Monday: 

"Just how they've been established, there is never an easy game against them. They show up every game and compete every game and they are just mature that way and it's exciting to be on that in a division with the rivalries, it's going to be some outstanding hockey."