Happy belated Canada Day and yesterday was also the first day of NHL Free Agency and one former Vee was among the many who inked deals around the league. Former blue-liner Mike Reilly signed with his hometown Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, signing a two-year deal after getting serious interest from several NHL teams.
Reilly was introduced to the media in St. Paul, Minnesota, and there’s a video on the Wild’s website that you can watch HERE.
Reilly played with the Vees in the 2011-12 season and led all BCHL defensemen with 83 points in 51 games. The now 21-year-old helped the Vees set a new national consecutive wins record, as that squad rattled off 42 consecutive victories in the regular season. The Vees went on to win the 2012 RBC Cup.
The gifted rear-guard went on to play three seasons at the University of Minnesota where he was named a First Team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year twice. Reilly won a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2013 in Russia, and this pas April he won a bronze medal with Team USA at the men’s World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
Reilly will wear number four with the Wild and will be at their Development Camp next week.