The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will be honoring former defenseman Sean O'Donnell as part of legends night on Feb. 14 when the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center. O'Donnell played eight seasons with the Kings from 1994-2000 and again from 2008-2010.
O'Donnell was initially selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1991 National Hockey League Entry Draft and was traded to the Kings for Doug Houda on July 26, 1994. In 541 regular season games, O'Donnell had 15 goals and 83 assists for 98 points. Regarded as a defensive-minded defenseman, O'Donnell was a +16 with the Kings. He also played with the Minnesota Wild, Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.
Speaking of Kings defensemen, the Kings made a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 28. They dealt defenseman Jake Muzzin to Toronto for prospects Carl Grundstrom and Sean Durzi, and the Maple Leafs' first-round draft pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Muzzin, who is now playing for the team he rooted for as a child, played the last eight seasons with the Kings and had 51 goals and 162 assists for 213 points in 496 games. For the last few seasons, he was regarded as the second best defenseman on the Kings, only behind Drew Doughty.
Grundstrom, a left winger, played 42 games this season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He had 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points. Durzi, is an offensive-minded defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League. In 27 games this season with the Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm, Durzi has eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points and is an impressive +15.
In other Kings news, the Kings will be the opponent for the Colorado Avalanche in an outdoor game played at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO on Feb. 15, 2020. This will be one of three National Hockey League outdoor games played in 2019-2020 as the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will play at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Oct. 26, 2019, and the Dallas Stars will host the Nashville Predators at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX on Jan.1, 2020.
The Kings have won three times since Jan. 6. On Jan. 12, they upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Jeff Carter led the Kings in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists), while Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin also had multi-point games. Kopitar had two goals and Muzzin had two assists. On Jan. 17, the Kings squeaked out an impressive 2-1 win road over the Dallas Stars. Jack Campbell made 29 saves and Carl Hagelin scored the game-winning goal in the second period. The Kings' last win came on Jan. 21 in a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. Tyler Toffoli, Kopitar and Brendan Leipsic each had two points. Toffoli and Kopitar each had one goal and one assist and Leipsic had two assists.
The Kings have a record of 20 wins, 26 regulation losses, and four losses in extra time for 44 points. It could be a big game for the Kings as the Canucks are the team in the Pacific Division the Kings are trying to catch for the final playoff spot. The Canucks have 52 points as they have a record of 23 wins, 22 regulation losses and six losses in extra time. The Kings leading scorer is Kopitar, who has 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points. The Canucks leading scorer is Elias Pettersson, who has 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points.
Get your tickets to see the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 14 at the Staples Center today!