By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com
After 17 NHL seasons, Sean O’Donnell told ESPN.com on Wednesday he is hanging up his skates.
The 41-year-old defenseman, who played in 51 games for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, failed to draw interest from any NHL teams this week when training camps opened.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” O’Donnell said. “I wasn’t shocked when I wasn’t signed heading into camp. I was always hoping that when things got settled (on the labor front) that there would be an opportunity. I always figured if, when camps did open and I didn’t have anything, I would pack it in.”