Senior Advisor / Development Coach
Mike O’Connell, who spent six seasons as Vice President and General Manager of the Boston Bruins, is in his ninth season with the Kings. His current title is Senior Advisor / Development Coach after previously holding the titles of Pro Development and Special Assignments and Director of Pro Development.
Having joined the Kings with more than 20 years of NHL experience as both a player, Assistant Coach, Head Coach (he served as the Interim Head Coach of the Bruins for nine games in the 2002-03 season) and front office executive, O’Connell in Boston was instrumental in assembling a club that won two Northeast Division titles before he left the organization in March of 2006.
Before establishing himself in the front office, O’Connell enjoyed a standout 13-year NHL career as a defenseman with the Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and his hometown Chicago Blackhawks. He recorded three 50-plus point seasons (from 1982-85) when he played for Boston and he was an NHL All-Star in 1984. He still holds the Bruins record for longest goal streak by a defenseman with seven games – it was also an NHL record for 25 years before Washington’s Mike Green set a new mark in February of 2009 – and he re-joined the Bruins organization as an Assistant Coach in 1991 before the club advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals that season.
A native of Chicago, O’Connell, 58 (11/25/55), who also served as the Head Coach of Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence for two seasons from 1992-94, re-joined the parent club in 1994 as Assistant General Manager, a post he held for six seasons.
He and his wife Rosemary reside in Cohasset, Massachusetts. They have a daughter, Kristen, and two sons, Matthew and Gregory.