O'Donnell as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010–11 season.
|Born||October 13, 1971|
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
234 lb (106 kg; 16 st 10 lb)
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||123rd overall, 1991|
Sean "O. D." O'Donnell (born on October 13, 1971) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman.
He was drafted 123rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Sean has played in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks. He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Ducks in 2007.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Sean grew up in the Ottawa area playing minor hockey with several teams before playing his Midget season with the CJHL's Kanata Valley Lasers in 1987–88. He was a 4th round choice (59th overall) of the Sudbury Wolves in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection.
He played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sudbury Wolves for the three seasons. Following his third and final OHL season, Sean was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
Sean immediately turned pro the following season with the Sabres' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans. At one point during the Sabres' 1992 –1993 season, Sean was set to make his NHL debut with the team due to the single game suspension of Gord Donnelly. However, his flight from Rochester to Hartford was canceled and he was unable to make it to the city in time for the game.
After three seasons in the Sabres organization, Sean was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in the 1994 off-season for Doug Houda. As a result, O'Donnell began playing in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Kings' minor league affiliate, the Phoenix Roadrunners. During his first season in the Kings organization, he made his NHL debut in 1994–95, appearing in 15 games and recording 2 assists. From then on, Sean established himself as a full-time NHLer, playing the following five seasons with the Kings.
On June 23, 2000, Sean was released by the Kings into the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft and he was claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Joining the expansion Wild, O'Donnell was named the franchise's first captain for the month of October as part of a rotating monthtly captaincy. Late in the season, however, Sean was dealt at the 2001 trade deadline to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenceman Willie Mitchell. He went on to appear in the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals with the Devils, but lost the championship to the Colorado Avalanche in 7 games.
In the off-season, Sean became a free agent and signed with the Boston Bruins. In his first season as a Bruin, O'Donnell recorded NHL career-highs with 22 assists and 25 points in 80 games. After three seasons in Boston, he became a free agent once more and signed with the Phoenix Coyotes.
For the second time in his career, Sean was dealt at the trade deadline in his first season with a new club, as the Coyotes traded him to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Joel Perrault. The following season, in 2006–07, O'Donnell won a Stanley Cup championship with the Ducks.
After another season with the Ducks, in which O'Donnell played in his 900th NHL game on January 18, 2008, against his former team, the Minnesota Wild, he was traded in the 2008 off-season to the Los Angeles Kings for a draft pick in 2009. Playing in his first season with the Kings, O'Donnell then achieved the 1000-game mark on March 14, 2009 against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
On July 1, 2010, Sean signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He signed a one-year contract worth $850,000 with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1, 2011. On January 16, 2013, Sean announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NHL.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
On July 11, 2009 Sean married Laura Marie Buka in Detroit, Michigan. They live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario.
Sean has a younger brother, Mark, who also played pro-hockey for a while, and a younger sister Tracey. While injured with Boston, Sean did some pre and post-game TV host work on NESN. He has also been involved in numerous charities throughout his career and enjoys working with the Boys and Girls Club.
Transactions[edit | edit source]
- June 1, 1991 – Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round, 123rd overall.
- June 26, 1994 – Traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Doug Houda.
- June 23, 2000 – Claimed by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.
- March 4, 2001 – Traded to the New Jersey Devils for Willie Mitchell.
- July 1, 2001 – Signed by the Boston Bruins as a free agent.
- July 6, 2004 – Signed by the Phoenix Coyotes as a free agent.
- March 9, 2006 – Traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Joel Perrault.
- September 30, 2008 – Traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2009 draft pick.
- July 1, 2010 – Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent.
- July 1, 2011 – Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1987–88||Kanata Valley Lasers||CJHL||44||4||19||23||107||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||15||0||2||2||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||71||2||5||7||127||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||55||5||12||17||144||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||2||15||17||179||4||1||0||1||36|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||1||13||14||186||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||2||12||14||114||4||1||0||1||4|
|2000–01||New Jersey Devils||NHL||17||0||1||1||33||23||1||2||3||41|
|2005–06||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||21||1||2||3||26||16||2||3||5||23|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||0||12||12||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||78||3||12||15||70||6||0||1||1||4|
International[edit | edit source]
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Sean O'Donnell|
- Sean O'Donnell's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Sean O'Donnell at Hockey-Reference.com
- Sean O'Donnell's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Sean O'Donnell's NHL player profile
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