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NHL’s Oldest Active Player Sean O’Donnell Retires After 19 Seasons


The NHL’s oldest active player is finally going to call it career. After debuting in the NHL back in 1994-95 with the Los Angeles Kings, Sean O’Donnell has decided it’s time to hang up the skates.

O’Donnell was drafted by the Buffalo Sabers back in 1991, but spent tim in the AHL and IHL before being traded to the Kings. O’Donnell was actually set to make his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 1992-93 season when Gord Donnelly was handed a suspension by the NHL. However, his debut would have to wait until he was traded to Los Angeles, as O’Donnell couldn’t catch a flight that got him to the Sabers in time to start.

However, once he debuted in 1994-95, O’Donnell went on to play in 1,200 games with nine different teams, including two trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. O’Donnell was with the New Jersey Devils in 2001 when they lost the Cup to Colorado, but he avenged that loss when he hoisted the Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks.

O’Donnell spent his first six season in Los Angeles before being selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 Expansion Draft. After a stint with the Wild, O’Donnell spent a three-year stint with the Bruins and then another three years with the Ducks with single seasons in New Jersey and Phoenix in between. He played his 900th NHL game in 2008 before returning to the Kings that offseason.

Last year he spent the season with the Chicago Blackhawks but failed to find a suitor this year. O’Donnell finishes his career with 229 career points and 198 career assists.

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