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Happy Birthday, gramps?

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 3:47 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

Sean O’Donnell doesn't look like he's 40, but for his 40th birthday today, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman received a gag gift from his teammates that made him chuckle.

"There might have been a walker in my stall and a nice cake," said O'Donnell, who signed a one-year contract with the Hawks in the offseason. "Hockey guys, they'll never let you get too big (of an ego). If there's something to tease a guy on, they'll be pretty ruthless. I've heard a couple of good ones today, but that's part of the fun of a locker room."

As for culprits, he wasn't ready to single anybody out.
 
"It was one of those things where there were quite a few giggles," O'Donnell said. 'So, I think it was a team effort."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery