Veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell will retire, ending a career with eight NHL teams over 17 seasons.
After 17 seasons and 1,224 NHL games defenseman Sean O'Donnell will retire, according to TSN's Darren Dreger:
Got a text from Sean O'Donnell, one of hockeys great guys. He's retiring after 17 NHL seasons and over 1200 games. Congrats and good luck!— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 16, 2013
O'Donnell was drafted No. 123 overall in the 1991 draft by the Buffalo Sabres, spending three seasons in the AHL before his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. The defenseman spent the next five seasons with the Kings before being claimed by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 Expansion Draft. He went on to play for the Wild, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2006, where he was a key part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2007.
Making his career as a shutdown defenseman, O'Donnell's best offensive season came with the Bruins in 2001-02, when he registered three goals and 22 assists in 80 games. O'Donnell most recently appeared in 51 games in 2011-12 for the Chicago Blackhawks. His NHL career ends with 31 goals, 229 points and 1,809 penalty minutes.