Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell is scheduled to play in his 1,000th career NHL game this Saturday, March 14, in San Jose. The 1,000 regular season game plateau is an NHL milestone.
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O’Donnell, 37, will be honored by the Kings at STAPLES Center on March 31 prior to the Kings-Dallas game 7:30 p.m.
O’Donnell, 37, has played in all 66 games with the Kings this season and has 10 points (all assists) and 61 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 230-pound native of Ottawa was acquired by the Kings from the Ducks on September 30 for a conditional draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He had previously played for the Kings from 1995-2000, and he currently ranks eighth (447) on the Kings’ all-time list for games played by a defenseman and his 860 penalty minutes rank fifth all-time among defensemen. O’Donnell also leads all Kings in consecutive games played with a streak of 175.
In 998 career NHL games with the Kings, Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild, he has 187 points (27-160=187) and 1,619 penalty minutes. In 87 playoff games, O’Donnell – who was a Stanley Cup winner in 2007 – has 16 points (6-10=16) and 120 penalty minutes.
O’Donnell will become the 16th player to have played his 1000th career game with the Kings, joining Ralph Backstrom, Rob Blake, Doug Bodger, Kelly Buchberger, Russ Courtnall, Marel Dionne, Ray Ferraro, Garry Galley, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Bob Nevin, Bob Pulford, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor and Garry Unger.
O’Donnell and the Kings are set to play in Vancouver on Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to San Jose where they will face the Sharks on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network, and the Kings-Sharks game will also be broadcast on FS West.