Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/16/13 at 11:19 AM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
And just like that, Sean O'Donnell is going from grizzled, veteran NHLer to full-fledged rookie.
Wtih his wife seven and half months pregnant, the 41-year-old O’Donnell is nearing his first experience at fatherhood with baby No. 1 on the way.
"I’ve always wanted to be a father," O’Donnell told ESPN.com Wednesday after deciding to retire as an NHL player. "I think this will take some of the sting out of retirement. I’m just so excited and looking forward to fatherhood."
One of the NHL’s most popular teammates and a throwback in the way he approached the game, the longtime defenseman is calling it quits after failing to draw any interest from NHL teams this week when camps opened.
The final decision was made Wednesday morning.
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