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Mike O'Connell
Mike O'Connell
Defenseman
Number: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180
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Born: Nov 25, 1955
Birthplace: Chicago, IL, United States
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Boston for Reed Larson on March 10, 1986.
Drafted: CHI / 1975 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 3rd (43rd overall)
Defenseman Mike O'Connell was an excellent skater with a host of offensive gifts. He was key performer on the power play and helped his team's transition game without neglecting his defensive responsibilities.

O'Connell was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent much of his youth in Cleveland, Ohio, and Cohasset, Massachusetts. He played hockey for Archbishop Williams High School as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior, he skated for the Braintree Hawks of the New England Amateur Hockey League where, as a 16-year-old, he was often pitted against players 10 years his senior.

The talented blueliner opted to play junior hockey in Canada rather than attend a U.S. college. He became a playmaking standout for two years with the OHA's Kingston Canadians. After scoring 73 points in 50 games for Kingston in 1974-75, he was taken 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the amateur draft. That year he was also voted on to the OHA first all-star team. He spent his first three pro seasons with the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL and registered 135 assists during that period. After scoring 68 points in 63 games in 1976-77, he was named the top defenceman in the CHL and placed on the league's first all-star team.

O'Connell became a fan favorite in the Windy city by scoring 26 points in 48 games as a rookie in 1978-79. He played a solid role on the Hawks' blueline for another year-and-a-half until he was sacrificed to the Boston Bruins for power-forward Al Secord. O'Connell adjusted well to his new surroundings and was a member of Team USA at the 1981 Canada Cup.

The crafty playmaker was a constant in the Bruins' lineup for the equivalent of over five seasons and was often teamed with steady Mike Milbury. In 1982-83 he recorded a plus/minus mark of plus-44 and helped Boston reach the semifinals. The next year he set career highs with 18 goals and 60 points and was a participant in the NHL All-Star Game.

Prior to the trading deadline in March 1986, O'Connell was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for fellow blueliner Reed Larson. His offensive totals dropped as coach Jacques Demers utilized him as a penalty killer and defensive stabilizer on his disciplined squad. O'Connell adapted well to his new team and helped the Wings reach the semifinals in 1987 and 1988. After playing in his 13th season in 1989-90, the veteran defenceman retired.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80