Sean O'Donnell
Sean O'Donnell.jpg

O'Donnell as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010–11 season.
Born October 13, 1971 (1971-10-13) (age 48)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
234 lb (106 kg; 16 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
New Jersey Devils
Boston Bruins
Phoenix Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks
Philadelphia Flyers
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 123rd overall, 1991
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1991–present
Sean O'Donnell and Brendan Morrison

O'Donnell battles with Brendan Morrison for the puck during his time with the Anaheim Ducks.

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 careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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.


  • 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.


Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88Kanata Valley LasersCJHL4441923107
1988–89Sudbury WolvesOHL56191049
1989–90Sudbury WolvesOHL64719268471238
1990–91Sudbury WolvesOHL6682331114514510
1991–92Rochester AmericansAHL7349131931612321
1992–93Rochester AmericansAHL74318212031716738
1993–94Rochester AmericansAHL6421012242401121
1994–95Phoenix RoadrunnersIHL6121820132901121
1994–95Los Angeles KingsNHL1502249
1995–96Los Angeles KingsNHL71257127
1996–97Los Angeles KingsNHL5551217144
1997–98Los Angeles KingsNHL8021517179410136
1998–99Los Angeles KingsNHL8011314186
1999–00Los Angeles KingsNHL802121411441014
2000–01Minnesota WildNHL6341216128
2000–01New Jersey DevilsNHL17011332312341
2001–02Boston BruinsNHL80322258960224
2002–03Boston BruinsNHL701151676
2003–04Boston BruinsNHL821101111070000
2005–06Phoenix CoyotesNHL57178121
2005–06Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL21123261623523
2006–07Anaheim DucksNHL7921517922102210
2007–08Anaheim DucksNHL822798461122
2008–09Los Angeles KingsNHL820121271
2009–10Los Angeles KingsNHL78312157060114
2010–11Philadelphia FlyersNHL811171887110225
2011–12Chicago BlackhawksNHL510772320000
NHL totals 1224 31 198 229 1809 106 6 13 19 129


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WC 9 1 2 3 6
Int'l totals 9 1 2 3 6

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Minnesota Wild captains
October 2000
Succeeded by
Scott Pellerin
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