Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fred O'Donnell
Right-winger Fred O'Donnell was a part-time player for the Boston Bruins in the early 1970s. Most of his success came in junior, the minors and the WHA where he was a reliable goal scorer.

Born in Kingston, Ontario, O'Donnell grew up in nearby Gananoque. He was a fine junior with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. After scoring 31 goals for the Gens in 1968-69, he was taken 37th overall in the Amateur Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. The young forward spent most of the 1969-70 season attending Queen's University and skating with the senior Kingston Aces. The next year he scored 23 goals for the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers.

The Bruins acquired O'Donnell's services in May 1971 and placed him on their top farm club, the AHL's Boston Braves. He scored 10 goals as a rookie in 1972-73 playing on a line with Derek Sanderson and Doug Roberts. His role was reduced the next year before he joined the New England Whalers of the WHA. O'Donnell played two years with the Whalers where he helped the club reach the Avco Cup finals in 1976 before retiring.

Following his retirement O'Donnell returned to Kingston where he sold real estate and coached the Queen's varsity squad. After leading the Golden Gaels to a 17-3-2 record in 1980, he was chosen the OUAA's top coach. The next year he led the squad to the CIAU title and remained with the school until taking over behind the bench of the OHL's Kingston Canadians in 1985.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 36 6 9 15 44
1967-68 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 44 24 14 38 72
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 54 31 27 58 124
1969-70 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 36 16 22 38 76
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 2 2 2 4 0
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 67 23 23 46 158 5 4 1 5 30
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 62 16 22 38 161
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 72 10 4 14 55 +3 5 0 1 1 5
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 43 5 7 12 43 +3
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 76 21 15 36 84 3 0 0 0 15
1975-76 New England Whalers WHA 79 11 11 22 81 17 2 5 7 20
NHL Totals 115 15 11 26 98 5 0 1 1 5


Traded to Boston by Minnesota to complete transaction that sent Barry Gibbs and Tommy Williams to Boston (May 7, 1969), May 7, 1971. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 1972. WHA rights traded to New England (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Boston with Chris Oddleifson and the NHL rights to Mike Walton for Bobby Schmautz, February 7, 1974.
Suspended by Vancouver for refusing to report to NHL club, February 9, 1974. Traded to Cleveland (WHA) by New England (WHA) with Bob McManama for Wayne Connelly, June, 1976.
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