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Michael O'Connell

Michael O'Connell  #14

Defenseman
NUMBER: 14 BIRTHDATE: November 25, 1955
HEIGHT: 5' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, IL, United States
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: CHI / 1975 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 3rd   (43rd overall)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1975) CHL First All-Star Team (1977) Most Valuable Defenseman CHL (1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984) Traded to Boston by Chicago for Al Secord, December 18, 1980. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Reed Larson, March 10, 1986.
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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp