Hey there Sideline nation. Summer is here, which means that the NHL season has finally come to a close. And what a storybook ending it was! Even if you’re not a St. Louis fan, you’ve got to tip your hat to the Blues, who took home their first Stanley Cup in franchise history after pummeling the Bruins 4-1 in Game 7.
A big factor in the Blues’ victory was Ryan O’Reilly. If there’s anyone who knows what it feels like to be an underdog, it’s this guy. Rewind to this time last year, and O’Reilly was packing his bags in Buffalo without a new contract locked in. Cue St. Louis, who swooped in to sign O’Reilly on July 1, 2018 -- quite possibly the best decision they could have made. In the postseason, O’Reilly set a new franchise (and career) record for most playoff points with 23, and took home a well-deserved Conn Smythe trophy to go along with his team’s new hardware.
Needless to say, O’Reilly has won over his new fan base in Missouri.
So, let’s take a closer look at what helped this 28-year-old Ontario native have the best season of his career.
O’Reilly glides on VH/True skates. His wheels feature a small tongue flap, and Tuuk holders. He’s sponsored by Warrior, so he mainly wears Warrior products for his protective gear. He’s using Warrior Franchise gloves that are actually dressed to look like AX1’s. O’Reilly’s gloves feature custom mustang palms; if you’ve ever used these, then you know how ridiculously soft this style of palm is. Rounding out his setup is a pair of Pro Stock Warrior QRL pants. The only place where he strays from Warrior is for his helmet, opting instead for a Bauer 4500 bucket.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget his stick. O’Reilly was reportedly using a Warrior AK27 shaft for years, but he’s finally updated his twig to the Alpha QX. He rocks a 105 flex, and a super stiff blade with a pretty interesting curve. The blade is very straight, but has a half-in kink at the toe that allows O’Reilly to toe drag.
And that’s all we’ve got for now on St. Louis’s hottest new celeb. We’re sure O’Reilly hasn’t gotten over the feeling of being on a championship team quite yet. But we will say, he better get used to it. O’Reilly will definitely be under the spotlight for the Blues next year, and we’re excited to see him build off the momentum he created during his career-defining season.