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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89