New Minnesota Wild radio announcer Joe O'Donnell discusses his new team, Wild prospects, his time in the AHL, ECHL

Episode 101: The Rink Live video podcast for Nov. 1, 2021

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Joe O'Donnell has paid some dues before the Minnesota Wild hired him as a radio play-by-play announcer. O'Donnell, who grew up in Havertown, Pa., started his broadcasting career at the University of Delaware as a color commentator for its club hockey team. After graduating from college, O'Donnell worked for the Reading Royals (2003-05) and Idaho Steelheads (2005-08) in the ECHL and then in the AHL for the Wild's affiliates (Houston Aeros, 2008-13; and Iowa Wild, 2013-21). He discusses his career, this season's Wild team, some Wild prospects and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten and Jess Myers.


Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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