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Sean O’Donnell

Breaking into the NHL with the Kings in the 1994-95 season, Sean O’Donnell established himself as a regular on their blue line the next season until being claimed by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 expansion draft.

In 2006, while playing for Phoenix, O’Donnell was sent to Anaheim in a trade deadline deal. He was a regular on the Ducks’ blue line when they won their first Stanley Cup the next season, playing in 79 regular-season games and 21 playoff games. He then rejoined the Kings in an offseason trade in 2008. He played two more seasons in LA and served as a veteran mentor to a young Drew Doughty.

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O’Donnell didn’t rack up points. He was an old-school, physical, stay-at-home defenseman who managed to churn out a heck of a career. A sixth-round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1991, O’Donnell went on to play 1,224 regular-season games with eight different franchises. More than half of those games, though, were played with the Kings and Ducks.