Earlier on Wednesday Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reported via Twitter that former Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell would be returning to the team in a fan development and alumni relations capacity, with a broadcasting element included in his role with the club.
On Wednesday afternoon the Kings made it official.
In his new role with the Kings, O’Donnell will help both Fan Development and Community Relations by participating in on-ice events such as camps and clinics, and appearing at community events such as Kings Camp, the LA Kings Golf Tournament, Tip A King, the Kings Rink Tour, Kings Fantasy Camp, and more. He will also take an active role in the Alumni Association by helping to organize it and by making appearances on its behalf at area events. O’Donnell will work out of the Kings’ business offices in El Segundo.
O’Donnell spent 541 of 1,224 of his career NHL games with the Kings. Originally acquired from Buffalo for defenseman Doug Houda by then-GM Sam McMaster on July 26, 1994, Dean Lombardi brought the stay-at-home defenseman back into the fold when he acquired him from Anaheim in exchange for a conditional draft pick on September 30, 2008.
Kings hire former #Blackhawks defenseman Sean O’Donnell as Manager, Fan Development & Alumni Relations. Sean is one of hockey's good guys.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) July 31, 2013
Sean O'Donnell one of hockey's most liked people. Fine job by @LAKings to add him to their org in retirement. Fans will love him.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 31, 2013