LOS ANGELES – Kings Alumnus Sean O’Donnell has joined the team in an official capacity as Manager, Fan Development and Alumni Relations, Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille announced today.
In his new role with the Kings, O’Donnell will help both Fan Development and Community Relations by participating in on-ice events such as camps and clinics, and appearing at community events such as Kings Camp, the LA Kings Golf Tournament, Tip A King, the Kings Rink Tour, Kings Fantasy Camp, and more. He will also take an active role in the Alumni Association by helping to organize it and by making appearances on its behalf at area events. O’Donnell will work out of the Kings’ business offices in El Segundo.
The 41-year-old O’Donnell played 17 seasons in the NHL, and eight of those seasons were spent in Los Angeles as a member of the Kings (1994-00 and 2008-10). O’Donnell, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, and a longtime South Bay resident, ranks fourth all-time in penalty minutes (940 PIM) and fifth all-time in games played (541 GP) among Kings blue liners, and his 98 career points (15-83=98) in a Kings sweater ranks 21st among team defensemen all-time. O’Donnell, who made his Kings/NHL Debut as a 23-year-old during the 1994-95 season, also appeared in three postseasons with the Kings (1998, 2000 and 2010). He shared the Kings Community Service Award with Rob Blake at the conclusion of the 1998-99 season, and he was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player (Ace Bailey Memorial Award) at the conclusion of the 2008-09 campaign.
In addition to his tenure with the Kings, O’Donnell also skated with Minnesota, New Jersey, Boston, Phoenix, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Chicago before retiring at the conclusion of the 2011-12 NHL season with 1,224 career regular season games played (ranks 27th all-time among NHL defensemen), 229 career regular season points (31-198=229), 1,809 career regular season penalty minutes (ranks 23rd all-time among NHL defensemen) and a career regular season plus/minus rating of plus-87.
O’Donnell, a 2007 Stanley Cup Champion with Anaheim and a 2001 Stanley Cup Finalist with New Jersey, also excelled in the postseason. His postseason totals included 106 games played, 19 points (6-13=19), 129 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-17.