Thursday, December 8, 2011
5 Questions With ... Sean O'Donnell
By Jesse Rogers
Sean O'Donnell says he gets mostly "philosophical questions" during interviews.
It's time for another addition of 5 Questions With ... defenseman Sean O'Donnell.
How many times does an interviewer start a question to you with 'You know you've been around the league a long time?': A lot more the last couple of years. It seems like most of the time when I get interviewed it isn't about my play, whether it's good or bad, it’s more philosophical questions. I seem to get those quite a bit.
What’s the worst you’ve taken from a block shot?: I was playing for Los Angeles and it was in Edmonton. I don’t remember who shot it, but I went down to block it and right at the last second as he was about to make contact it kind of rolled up on its side and I could see it and I thought ‘Ah, this isn’t going to be good.’ He didn’t get all of it but it caught me right under the lip and opened me up pretty good. It was probably 10-12 years ago.
With all the long road trips in your career, how often by the fourth hotel or whatever you've forgotten your room number?: It's happened a bunch of times. No age jokes here please, it just happens. Even when I was younger my memory wasn't that good. It happens a lot more now. When I first came into the league you had those individual keys with the engraved room numbers on them. Those came in handy some nights. Now it's just a credit card so when it's your fourth or fifth hotel in seven nights you get a little confused. I've had to call down a couple of times and ask for confirmation. Sometimes you just need the floor. On the recent long one I just needed the floor one time and I found it.
What's the worst locker room fight you've ever witnessed?: When I played for the Phoenix Road Runners in the minors two players got into a fight. Actually it was a player and a coach. And then another player, Jimmy Vesey, went to go separate them and while he was separating them rolling around he dislocated his shoulder. I can't remember the player or coach but Jimmy Vesey ended up with a separated shoulder. In hindsight that was pretty funny.
Have you ever overslept for a team related function? A morning skate or practice or something like that. If so, when was the last time?: Knock on wood I don't think I ever have. I'm pretty anal about that stuff. I tend to set two and three alarms and my wife always teases me about being anal and not relaxing and always knowing what time it is. I know I've had to try aggressively on the freeway to make it in some cases, but I can't think of a time when I've been late. In the old days you actually had to use the clocks in the hotel rooms and set the alarm. That was always a treat to try and figure out those things. Now, there is no excuse, with the wake-up calls and iPhones and all the other things that you can do now.