Life of O'Reilly a sporting pursuit

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Ryan O'Reilly comes from a sporting background so it should be no surprise that he is expected to be picked first overall by the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League draft tomorrow.

O'Reilly's older brother, Cal, just finished his first year of professional hockey with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals after three seasons with the Windsor Spitfires. A sister, Tara, played for the Carleton University women's hockey team.

And his father, Brian, is the mental and physical coach with the University of Toronto's women's basketball team.

"We've all been involved in sports of some sort," Ryan O'Reilly said.

"I think I am prepared to play in the OHL. I watched my brother do it and saw how hard he worked. There is a lot of commitment and you have to be very disciplined."

O'Reilly, a six-foot, 185-pound centre, lives in Varna, Ont., but played for the Jr. Canadiens in Toronto this past winter and attended Cardinal Newman in Scarborough.

His father's job allowed him to live in Toronto, and the opportunity to show his skills in front of a wider net of scouts than he would have had he stayed home was a benefit.

With the second pick, the Windsor Spitfires are believed to have their eyes on centre Taylor Hall of Kingston.

The St. Michael's Majors select third and likely will choose centre Casey Cizikas of Mississauga.

At No. 4, the Peterborough Petes are said to like right winger Zack Kassian.

There is some intrigue at No. 5, a choice that belongs to the Brampton Battalion.

Speculation is rampant the Battalion will pick centre Matt Duchene, who has committed to Michigan State for 2009.

A close friend of Duchene is Cody Hodgson, selected in the first round by the Battalion. That connection could help Battalion director of hockey operations Stan Butler convince Duchene to report.

If not Duchene, some think Brampton will opt for Waterloo centre Michael Latta.


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