Player Profile: Danny O’Neill

Player Profile: Danny O’Neill

Daniel O’Neill is a professional hockey player currently playing for the Washington Stars of the IHA.

O’Neill was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His family had resided in the Louisville area since the Civil War, and were primarily coal miners. O’Neill’s father and uncles were the first in generations to work outside the mines, finding employment in business, the horse racing industry, and other areas. O’Neill’s father attended college and majored in marketing. He worked for a small advertising firm. The family is Roman Catholic. Daniel is the eldest of four children.
O’Neill began playing hockey when he was ten years old. His skill was relatively undeveloped compared to other children in his age-group. Previously, he had played baseball, but claimed he found it boring. He originally wanted to play football, but his mother objected, suggesting that the sport was too violent. In the winter, the family looked for an indoor sport that O’Neill could play. A teacher suggested hockey, and he began playing floor hockey at school, before moving to ice hockey shortly thereafter.
 
Quick Facts
Birthdate: January 13 (Age: 30)
Height: 6’5 (196 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Draft: N/A
Teams: Washington Stars (IHA); New Jersey Lions (IHA); New York Americans (IHA); St. Paul Saints (IHA); Iowa North Stars (NCHL); LA Knights (IHA); Denver Colts (IHA); Chicago Nighthawks (IHA); (NCHL); San Antonio Spurs (NCHL); Lake Erie Raiders (NCHL)

O’Neill pursued ice hockey into his high school years, but was preparing to go to university instead. He was an undrafted prospect; a university scout from Ohio had approached him about playing hockey on scholarship at a school in the state. That scout’s information was passed to another scout associated with the IHA’s Cleveland Rams, who entered into contract negotiations with O’Neill.

Cleveland assigned O’Neill to their farm team in the NCHL. He spent two seasons with the Raiders, before being traded to the San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Longhorns’ NCHL affiliate. He played half a season with the Spurs, before being traded to the Nighthawks’ affiliate.
He was called up to the Nighthawks after an injury to left-winger Lyle Roloson. He played his first IHA game on April 2, a 3-2 loss to the Denver Colts. With Roloson out, O’Neill continued to play during the Nighthawks’ playoff run. They entered the second round, but were eliminated in Game 5 by the Colts.
O’Neill had performed well during the playoff run and was subsequently traded to the Colts over the summer. O’Neill spent half a season in Denver, before being released from his contract for undisclosed reasons.
O’Neill then signed with the LA Knights. On December 1, he was part of a blockbuster trade to the St. Paul Saints. The Saints assigned him to their NCHL affiliate, and he played the rest of the season there.
Now an unrestricted free agent, O’Neill shopped teams vigorously over the summer. Failing to sign with an IHA team, he opted to play in Europe for the season. He returned to North America the following season, signing a one-year deal with the New York Americans. The following year, he signed another one-year contract with the New Jersey Lions. The Lions dished him at the trade deadline to Washington, as the Lions built their playoff roster. O’Neill spent the remainder of the season with the Stars. In the summer, he signed a three-year deal with the Stars.
O’Neill gradually grew into a solid performer; in his younger years, he was considered a spotty, unreliable player. After his stint in Europe, he has been a reliable 15-goal scorer for each of the teams he’s played for. O’Neill’s veteran presence and calm demeanor wins him points with teammates.

International Play

O’Neill was invited to Team USA’s Olympic camp, but was ultimately not selected for the final roster.

Personal Life

O’Neill has three siblings, all of whom live in Kentucky. O’Neill has close ties to the horse racing community through one of his uncles. O’Neill lives in Alexandria with teammate Matt Sweeney.

Scoring

IHA

Season
Age
TM
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
EV
PP
SH
GW
EV
PP
SH
1
22
DAL
5
1
2
3
0
4
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
1
22
CHI
1
0
0
0
-1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
23
DEN
41
10
15
25
-1
22
9
1
0
1
10
5
0
4
24
LAK
22
2
4
6
-2
8
2
0
0
0
4
0
0
4
24
MIN
7
1
0
1
-1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
26
NYA
74
13
14
27
0
22
11
2
0
4
10
4
0
6
27
NJL
56
12
14
26
+1
20
11
1
0
2
10
2
2
6
27
WSH
26
3
4
7
-2
12
3
0
0
0
3
1
0
7
28
WSH
76
16
14
30
-1
34
13
2
1
2
9
4
1
8
29
WSH
82
15
12
27
+2
30
14
1
0
3
8
3
1
9
30
WSH
78
16
17
33
+1
34
13
2
1
4
8
7
2
Career
468 89 96 185 -1 190 77 10 2 16 64 26 6

Other League

LG
Age
TM
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
NCHL
20
LKE
72
10
13
23
+1
36
NCHL
21
LKE
76
11
15
26
0
32
NCHL
22
SAN
56
8
12
20
-1
28
NCHL
22
CHI
18
4
10
14
+1
8
NCHL
24
INS
44
11
9
20
0
22
KHL
25
Malmo
56
10
14
24
0
18
Career
322 54 73 127 0 144
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