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|1975 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
43 overall by Chicago Black Hawks
November 25, 1955
Height: 5-9 Weight: 175
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois (USA)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
OMJHL Kaminsky Trophy (Top Defenseman): 1974-75 (Kingston)
All-Star First Team: 1974-75 (Kingston)
Miscellaneous: Also played football at Archbishop Williams High School in
Braintree, Mass. ... Went to OMJHL on recommendation of former Boston coach
and general manager Harry Sinden, who had first seen him at a hockey school
when O'Connell was 13.
| Debut: February 26, 1978 (Toronto at
Numbers: 14 (Chicago); 20 (Boston); 2 (Detroit)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired August 1990
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Chicago, Boston, Detroit||860||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
Chicago, Boston, Detroit||82||
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1984 (Boston)
TV-38 Seventh Player Award: 1983-84
Boston Records: Longest
goal-scoring streak by a defenseman (7 games in 1983-84)
Boston Playoffs Points Leader: 1981 (4, tie)
Assists Leader: 1981 (3, tie)
Coaching Career: Named Boston
assistant coach on June 16, 1991, and remained in that position until June 12,
1992. ... Named self Boston interim head coach on March 19, 2003.
Management Career: Named Boston assistant general manager on
July 5, 1994, added title of vice president, hockey operations prior to
1998-99 season, added title of alternate governor prior to 2000-01 season and
remained in that position until Nov. 1, 2000. ... Named Boston vice president
and general manager on Nov. 1, 2000, signed five-year contract extension on
June 21, 2002, and remained in that position until March 26, 2006. ... Named
Los Angeles director of pro development on June 19, 2006, and remained in
that position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Had assist in first NHL game. ... Was first Chicago-born
player to play for the Blackhawks. ... Played 309 consecutive games from Dec.
9, 1979, to April 3, 1983. The streak ended when he missed the start of the
1983-84 season with back spasms. ... Was Bruins Radio Network Player of
Month for December 1982. ... Named NHL Player of the Week for week ending
March 6, 1983. ... Paired on defense with Mike Milbury for Boston in 1982-83
and 1983-84. ... Missed one game in 1984-85 with back spasms. ... Missed part
of 1985-86 season with pulled rib muscles, an injury suffered in Boston's Feb.
11, 1986, game at Quebec. ... Missed parts of 1986-87 season with contusion in
left thigh and strep throat. ... Suspended eight games from Nov. 28 to Dec.
14, 1987, for high-sticking Doug Evans during Detroit's Nov. 27, 1987, game
vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with broken knuckle in right
index finger, an injury suffered in Detroit's Feb. 21, 1988, game at
Philadelphia. The injury required surgery. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season
|Post-Draft Teams: Dallas (CHL); New Brunswick
Canada Cup: 1981 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1985
AWARDS AND HONORS
CHL Most Valuable Defenseman:
CHL All-Star First Team: 1976-77 (Dallas)
WHA Draft Pick: 1975 (by Phoenix,
No. 24 overall in Round 2)
CHL Playoffs Assists Leader: 1976 (Dal.) (8,
tie), 1978 (Dal.) (11, tie)
Coaching Career: Named San Diego (IHL)
head coach prior to 1990-91 season and remained in that position until June
16, 1991. ... Named Providence (AHL) head coach on June 12, 1992, and remained
in that position until July 5, 1994.
Miscellaneous: Missed part of
1976-77 season with torn muscle in right shoulder. ... Organized charity golf
tournament to help former Boston teammate Normand Leveille in August 1983. ...
Served with his wife as co-chair of 1987 Detroit Red Wings dinner auction that
raised $75,000 for Easter Seals.
Personal: Full name is Michael
Thomas O'Connell. ... Younger brother of former WHA player Tim O'Connell. ...
Son of former NFL player Tommy O'Connell, who played quarterback for the
Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Chicago traded O'Connell to Boston in
exchange for Al Secord on December 18, 1980.||
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