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MAR 17, 2023 (8:55)
Morgan Rielly shares story behind why the spelling of his last name is incorrect
BY RYAN SMITHERAM
Yesterday at practice, after the Leafs prepared for their annual St. Patrick's Day game tonight against Carolina, Rielly was asked about the "wrong" spelling of his Irish last name. In response, Rielly shared the story of what happened saying his "great grandpa emirgrated and changed it because 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'. He was trying to fit in here."
Of course, that wasn't the real story. Rielly revealed that his father once got drunk and revealed to him the real reason for the misspelling of their last name. The real story is a lot less interesting.. "Then my Dad was drinking one day and told me immigration just messed it [the spelling] up."
Unfortunately, for Leaf fans and reporters, autocorrect isn't sure what to do anymore now that the Leafs also have Ryan O'Reilly whose last name carries the more traditional spelling.