"I think when you look at it, kids maybe focus too much on the off-ice perspective, and while it is an important thing, if you care about the on-ice enough, those things off the ice will come naturally," O'Reilly told NHL.com.
He laughed when reminded of the impressive showing he had at the 2009 Combine -- his 18 reps at 150 pounds on the bench press tied for the most among the 94 players who tested.
"You want to do that extra stuff but need to remember you've never really arrived … you're always trying to get somewhere better and always have to keep a beginner's mind. No matter what the situation, go out and do it and learn and get better and never be satisfied," O'Reilly said.
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The L.A. Kings are trying to overcome the Marty McSorley Curse?
With the Los Angeles Kings pushing for a Stanley Cup and the city getting excited about hockey, it can't be any surprise the papers are bringing up what they're calling the `McSorley curse' and how the team is trying to overcome said `curse.'
This is a reference to the last time the Kings were in the Cup final in '93. Having won the first game in Montreal and leading 2-1 late in Game 2, desperate Canadiens coach Jacques Demers asked for a measurement of Marty McSorley's stick, which was found to be illegal. The penalty was called, the Habs tied the game on that power play, won it in overtime and went on to win the series in five games, the last time the fabled Montreal franchise won a Cup.