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Sean O'Donnell | Defenseman

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (46) / 10/13/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 237
Drafted: 1991 / Rd. 6 (123) / Buf
Contract: view contract details

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The Los Angeles Kings have hired Sean O'Donnell to serve as the team's Manager, Fan Development and Alumni Relations.
O'Donnell enjoyed a 1,224 NHL game career that ended with the 2011-12 campaign. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, but made his NHL debut with the Kings. O'Donnell also played for the Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Wed, Jul 31, 2013 11:00:00 PM

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TSN's Darren Dreger reported that Sean O'Donnell has decided to retire.

The veteran defenseman has 1,224 career games under his belt, along with 229 points and 1,809 penalty minutes. He played 57 games with the Blackhawks last season. Best of luck in your retirement, Sean!
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Sean O'Donnell's career is in jeopardy because of the lockout.

O'Donnell is a 41-year-old unrestricted free agent who has played 17 seasons in the NHL. Now, he is determined to fight for the best deal for the players. The longer the lockout goes on, though, the more likely his career has come to an end. "Even if the lockout ends quickly, there’s still no guarantees that I’m going to find work this year," O’Donnell said. "And if I don’t, I think I had a pretty good career. But you can say 100 percent sure that if this goes long or we miss the whole year, then my career is done. But it’s one of those things where you have to think what’s best for the union."
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 09:18:00 PM

Sean O'Donnell, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is hoping to extend his playing career.

"I would like to play; I think I showed I can still play in the right circumstance," O'Donnell said. "Maybe I’m not even an 82-game guy or a 20-minute guy. But the right fit, a good system… hopefully I can play." O'Donnell will turn 41 in October. He isn't likely to re-sign with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he might be able to land a job with a different team as a sixth or seventh blueliner.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 05:34:00 PM

Sean O'Donnell was a healthy scratch in Game 2.

O'Donnell was minus-two in the series opener and joined Michael Frolik, Brendan Morrison, Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes in the press box. Just an FYI.
Sun, Apr 15, 2012 07:23:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell played on the Chicago blueline in Game 1 Thursday.

O'Donnell replaced rookie Dylan Olsen who was a healthy scratch. He was paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson as the 40-year-old gives the Blackhawks a definite veteran presence on the team. "At this point in my career, I've been fortunate to win one already," O'Donnell said. "I feel like I've had a good run. But you just like to try to win one more time. There are no guarantees, but we feel we made a good decision this summer (to sign with the Hawks) and we'll just run with it." He has little to no fantasy value in playoff pools unless the Blackhawks go deep.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 07:44:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell will get plenty of ice time for the Hawks' next five games while Duncan Keith is suspended.

The 40-year-old rearguard had been a healthy scratch in 30 games this season, but will be called upon to take a regular shift while Keith sits out. O'Donnell may be of marginal assistance to those in need of a modest penalty minute boost. Otherwise, he has no fantasy value.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 10:27:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell is hoping that the Blackhawks' current eight-game losing streak proves to be a learning experience.

"It's hard to see when you're stuck in the middle of it, but I think that any kind of adversity helps you down the road," O'Donnell said. "You learn how to deal with these things and you become better for them." Maybe he's right and it's certainly better to be dealing with these problems now than in April. That being said, whatever long-term benefit their is to enduring this losing streak will be lost if they don't make the playoffs. A few weeks ago it looked like they were a lock to play in the postseason, but after losing eight games, they are just five points ahead of the ninth place Calgary Flames.
Mon, Feb 13, 2012 10:10:00 AM

Defenseman Sean O'Donnell isn't fazed by the Chicago Blackhawks' desire to add blueline help via trade, ostensibly taking minutes from him.

"If we're able to get someone that can help us win, we're all for it," the veteran said. "You have to have a pretty thick skin in this league."
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 10:23:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell became the 90th player in the history of the NHL to play in 1,200 games on Sunday.

"It's something I can be proud of," O'Donnell said. "I'm not the kind of player that usually gets a ton of individual awards. Turning 40 this year and playing this many games kind of go hand-in-hand if you can stay healthy." In terms of games played, O'Donnell is currently tied with Owen Nolan. O'Donnell just needs to play in two more games to surpass Keith Tkachuk and six more to best Brian Leetch.
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 10:32:00 AM

After allowing 14 goals in two Alberta losses, veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell is warning his Chicago Blackhawk teammates to right the wrongs immediately.

"With these (losses), you really need to look in the mirror," O'Donnell said. "When you give up five goals in Calgary … and you give up nine in Edmonton, there are definitely some things that need to be fixed. If you can fix them, then it's just two more losses. If you can't fix them and it starts to snowball, then you really have to look at these two games and wonder what went wrong. If we can put these two behind us and play a good game in San Jose on Wednesday, then these games just go down as losses. We need to stop this right now, take a couple of days to think about it and be ready to go."
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 10:00:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell returned to the Blackhawk lineup Saturday after being a healthy scratch for Chicago's last six games.

After being part of a 9-2 rout at the hands of the Oilers, O'Donnell may have to wait another six games before getting an opportunity to play again. Sam Lepisto was scratched to make room for O'Donnell against Edmonton.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 08:12:00 AM

Veteran Sean O’Donnell, a scratch for the Chicago Blackhaws the past two games, will be paired with Nick Leddy for the team's game in Florida tonight.

O'Donnell will become the first 40-year-old to play for the Blackhawks since goalie Tony Esposito in 1984. O'Donnell turned 40 last week. He will play because of the hand injury to all-star defenseman Duncan Keith.
Thu, Nov 3, 2011 10:15:00 AM

Sean O'Donnell is slated to return to Chicago's lineup on Thursday night with Duncan Keith out with a hand injury.

He has skated in nine games this season, while contributing three assists and four penalty minutes.
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 03:07:00 PM

Sean O'Donnell will turn 40 on Thursday.

The Blackhawks are scheduled to play on his birthday, which means he won't waste any time in becoming the first 40-year-old player to participate in a Blackhawks game since 1984. Netminder Tony Esposito was the last player employed by Chicago to play in a game at that age. "When I'm on the ice I feel like I did 10 or 15 years ago," said O'Donnell. "It's just those other 21 hours of the day. You stretch for a little bit longer now, you have to make sure you eat a little bit better and you get a little more sleep. You just can't bounce back as quickly. But once I get everything warmed up and lubricated I feel fine out there." O'Donnell has an assist in two games this season.
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 08:14:00 AM

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