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O’Donnell worries if lockout goes too long, “my career is done”

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 08: Sean O’Donnell #6 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in his 1,200th career game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on January 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Sean O’Donnell is a 17-year NHL veteran. He’s played for eight different teams and he’s 41 years-old and a free agent. He’s also busy trying to fight for the players against the owners in the lockout.

As he tells Pierre LeBrun of, if the lockout goes much longer his playing career is in doubt.

“Even if the lockout ends quickly, there’s still no guarantees that I’m going to find work this year,” O’Donnell told Wednesday. “And if I don’t, I think I had a pretty good career. But you can say 100 percent sure that if this goes long or we miss the whole year, then my career is done. But it’s one of those things where you have to think what’s best for the union.”

We’ve heard from guys like Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne worry that time marching on will ruin their shot at playing one more year as well. For guys like O’Donnell though, they’re in an even tougher spot because they’re not stars who can still fill the score sheet.

Missing out on the chance to end your career on your own terms is something that would only strengthen O’Donnell’s resolve to help the players’ union get the best deal.