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Ryan O'Reilly makes INCREDIBLE leadership gesture to his teammates in Toronto

Published April 17, 2023 at 3:05 PM
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Ryan O'Reilly's leadership qualities are highly regarded in the NHL. He is not only an excellent player but also a great leader both on and off the ice. He possesses a rare combination of offensive and defensive skills, making him an asset to any team he plays for. O'Reilly's disciplined play is also impressive, having never had more than 18 penalty minutes in a single season, showcasing his sportsmanship and self-control.

The Maple Leafs were fortunate to acquire O'Reilly, a former captain of the St. Louis Blues. This season, the Maple Leafs leadership core consisted of John Tavares as Captain, with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Morgan Reilly as assistant captains. However, in the final game of the season, Matthews and Marner were healthy scratches, leaving an opening for another player to wear the coveted 'A' on their jersey. Both Matthews and Marner offered it to O'Reilly, but he politely declined.

Being given the opportunity to wear a letter on a jersey is a significant honor, especially for a team with as much history and tradition as the Maple Leafs. O'Reilly's humility and desire to prioritize the team's success over his own recognition is a testament to his character and leadership style. It also demonstrates the Maple Leafs' strong culture of leadership and their commitment to fostering an environment of selflessness and teamwork.

Keefe said the #Leafs were going to have O'Reilly wear an A for a game, presumably in Tampa when 16 and 34 sat out. "He didn't want it - 'I don't need that, give it to someone else.' That's the type of guy that he is. Very selfless." Kerfoot wore an A that night.





It will be interesting to see how O'Reilly continues to contribute to the Maple Leafs' leadership core, and how his experience as a former captain can benefit the team's young leaders. The Maple Leafs are fortunate to have a player of O'Reilly's caliber and character in their organization.
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