It's not too often that you hear of somebody playing five years of major junior hockey, but Joe McDonnell was one. After starting the 1976-77 season in Junior B with his hometown Kitchener club, the 15-year-old defenseman received the call to join the Kitchener Rangers of the OMJHL midway through the season. He played in 29 games that year, picking up four assists. McDonnell, at 6'2" and almost 200 pounds, was certainly able to handle the physical aspect of the game and he dressed for 55 Ranger games the following year. He became known as a steady, defensive defenseman who rarely took chances in the offensive zone. One need only look at his statistics to confirm that. NHL totals 50 GP 2 G 10 A 12 TP 34 PIM.
McDonnell is currently the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.
Received this business card from Joe along with the team issued card I sent. Now I just have to find it.