A veteran NHL centre who calls Varna home is ready for the next chapter of his career.
Ryan O'Reilly joins the Buffalo Sabres this season, and has signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the club.
The 24 year-old had spent almost his entire major professional career with Colorado, after the Avalanche selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.
O'Reilly also played 12 games in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League in the 2012-13 season.
Speaking after appearing in a recent charity hockey game in Goderich, O'Reilly praised Sabres' owner Terry Pegula and General Manager Tim Murray with taking the Sabres in a new direction.
O'Reilly points to an organization that's built on youth and player development, along with veterans who can guide the younger players.
He predicts the Sabres will become competitive over the next few seasons, after spending years of missing the Stanley Cup playoffs while mired in off-ice uncertainty.
O'Reilly scored 90 goals and amassed 246 points in his first six NHL seasons with Colorado.
He'll have an off-ice hurdle to clear before attending Buffalo's training camp.
O'Reilly is charged with impaired driving and fail to remain at the scene of a collision, after a pick-up truck crashed into the Tim Horton's outlet in Lucan on July 9th.
He has an appearance in London Court on August 20th.