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Coming Home - Part One

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 1:17 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Coming Home - Part One
The LA Kings say you \"can come home.\" Learn about three former Kings players,

Who says you can’t go home again?

The Kings certainly don’t believe that’s true. In the first of this three-part series, we’ll take a closer look at men who proudly wore the Kings crown on their chest during their playing days and now are excelling with second careers as Kings executives.

In part one of this series, we’ll focus on Sean O’Donnell, Glen Murray and Alyn McCauley. Check back to LAKings.com/news each week to read the next feature story in this COMING HOME series.

Sean O’Donnell

Highlights as a King:

The Kings first acquired O’Donnell for Doug Houda in a trade with Buffalo on July 26, 1994. He made his Kings/NHL debut as a 23-year-old during the 1994-95 season.

O’Donnell played eight seasons in a Kings uniform (1994-00 and 2008-10) and only four other defensemen in team history have played more games as a King than O’Donnell’s 541 career regular season games.

O’Donnell appeared in three postseasons with the Kings (1998, 2000 and 2010), he shared the Kings Community Service Award with Rob Blake at the conclusion of the 1998-99 season, and he was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player (Ace Bailey Memorial Award) at the conclusion of the 2008-09 campaign.

NHL Highlights:

O’Donnell appeared in 1,224 career regular season games and 106 postseason games during his 17-year NHL career that included stops in Minnesota, New Jersey, Boston, Phoenix, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Chicago.

O’Donnell was a member of Anaheim’s 2007 Stanley Cup championship team and he was also a 2001 Stanley Cup Finalist with New Jersey. He retired at the age of 40 after playing with Chicago during the 2011-12 season.

Current role with the Kings:

O’Donnell was named Manager of Fan Development and Alumni Relations for the Kings in July of 2013. In his new role with the Kings, he helps with both Hockey Development and Community Relations by participating in on-ice events. He also enjoys an active role with the Kings Alumni Association and he, of course, serves as an on-air commentator for Kings games on FOX Sports West.

Glen Murray

Highlights as a King:

The Kings first acquired Murray for Ed Olczyk in a trade with Pittsburgh on March 18, 1997. The 24-year-old Murray scored eight points (5-3=8) in 11 regular season games after the trade.

Murray led the Kings with 29 goals the following season (1997-98), helping the Kings to their first playoff appearance in five years.

Murray played parts of six seasons with the Kings (1997-02) and he ranks ninth all-time among Kings right wingers with 103 goals over those six seasons.

NHL Highlights:

Murray appeared in his 1,000th career NHL regular season game during the 2007-08 season, his last in the NHL. He finished his NHL career by retiring as a 35-year-old with 337 career goals.

The two-time All-Star (2003 and 2004 with Boston) was also a two-time 40 goal scorer (2001-02 and 2002-03) during his career that included stops in Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

His 41 goals during the 2001-02 season ranked second overall in the NHL and his 44 goals in 2002-03 were a career high. Murray led the NHL with 32 even strength goals and 331 total shots during the 2002-03 season.

Current role with the Kings:

Murray is a member of the Kings development team that helps young prospects develop and find their identity as they take part in summer development camps and the team’s rookie camp/tournament. The development team also works with prospects year-round in Manchester (New Hampshire) and with drafted players throughout North America, stressing the importance of conditioning and off-ice training.

Alyn McCauley

Highlights as a King:

Unfortunately McCauley’s career with the Kings was limited to just 10 games thanks to a knee injury that forced him to retire before his 30th birthday. McCauley signed with the Kings as a free agent and played with the Kings during the 2006-07 season.

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi traded for McCauley while serving as the GM of the San Jose Sharks on March 5, 2003. McCauley and Brad Boyes went to San Jose in exchange for Owen Nolan and San Jose’s first-round choice in 2003 (later traded to Boston – Bruins selected Mark Stuart).

NHL Highlights:

McCauley appeared in 488 career NHL regular season games over the course of nine NHL seasons with the Kings, Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. His best season offensively occurred during the 2003-04 season with the Sharks as he collected career highs with 20 goals, 27 assists and 47 points.

McCauley was considered an excellent defensive forward during his playing career and he was named a Finalist for the Selke Trophy following the 2003-04 season. He was also a leader in the locker room as he served as both a captain and alternate captain during the 2003-04 season.

The 2002 playoffs were very memorable for McCauley and the Maple Leafs as they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before being defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in six games. During that 2002 playoff run, McCauley ranked second on his club in playoff assists (10) points (15) and multi-point games (5).

McCauley made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old in a Toronto uniform vs. Washington on October 1, 1997.

Current role with the Kings:

McCauley has worked as a Pro Scout for the Kings ever since the 2009-10 season. He works throughout the season in conjunction with Senior Pro Scout Rob Laird and Scout Joe Paterson – another former Kings player – lending his insight and expertise to the Kings as it relates to player acquisitions at the pro level.

KINGS ALUMNI:

A special charity LA Kings Alumni Game presented by Toyota will see former Kings favorites versus a special Russian All-Star team at the Toyota Sports Center following Hockey Fest on Sunday, September 14. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Players representing the Kings team will include (subject to change): Luc Robitaille, Nelson Emerson, Craig Johnson, Mike Donnelly, Jim Fox, Daryl Evans, Ron Duguay, Charlie Simmer, Rob Blake, Sean O’Donnell, Jaroslav Modry, Mike O’Connell and Jamie Storr. Rogie Vachon and Glen Murray are slated to serve as Honorary Coaches.

Players from the Russian team will include (subject to change): Alexey Yashin, Slava Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Val Bure, Pavel Bure, Darius Kasparitis, Vladie Malakhov, Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kovalenko and Tony Esposito.

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