Former Chelsea Hockey Star Sean O’Driscoll Inducted in to Suffolk University Hall of Fame

October 28, 2016
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Sean O’Driscoll began his ice hockey career in the Chelsea Youth Hockey program at the Cronin Rink in Revere.

Sean O’Driscoll, with former Suffolk University athletic director James E. Nelson at the Suffolk Hall of Fame Dinner.

Sean O’Driscoll, with former Suffolk University athletic director James E. Nelson at the Suffolk Hall of Fame Dinner.

He became a standout high school player and a star at Suffolk University, where he finished his career with 73 goals and 102 assists.

During his acceptance speech, O’Driscoll thanked his parents, John and Patricia Driscoll, his brother, Kevin, his wife, Michele, and their four children for all their support.

O’Driscoll also noted the positive influence in the development of his hockey skills that he received from his Chelsea Youth Hockey coach and mentor, Mark Moschella, whose father, Robert Moschella Sr., served as CYH Commissioner.

Following is Sean O’Driscoll Suffolk Hall of Fame biography:

Flip through the record books of the Suffolk University men’s ice hockey program, and it’s easy to see why Sean O’Driscoll is considered one of the most gifted all-around players ever to perform on the ice for the Blue and Gold.

While he could more than hold his own defensively, O’Driscoll’s forte was on the offensive end. Blessed with both speed and strength, he played both the right wing and center positions and could normally be found in the middle of the action.

“Sean was a natural and one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” says his coach at the time, Bill Burns. “He had a very high hockey IQ and was always three or four steps ahead of everyone else.”

O’Driscoll finished his prolific Suffolk career with 175 points – 73 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 102 assists (third-highest total ever). He was a dual threat with the puck on his stick, able to score on his patented quick wrist shot or set up his teammates with an assortment of accurate passes.

As a sophomore, O’Driscoll was a key member of a Suffolk team that compiled an overall record of 22-5 – the most wins in school history – and a finalist in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division 3 North Tournament. One of the highlights of the season was the Rams capturing the Chowder Cup Tournament, defeating Bentley College and Tufts University.

Suffolk was the most explosive squad in ECAC play during that super season with 175 goals scored. Center Brian Horan – with a nation’s best 104 points – and forwards Brian Gruning (59 points) and O’Driscoll (53 points) were the top three scorers in the division.

“We were very fortunate to have some very skilled players, but skilled players alone don’t win games,” says O’Driscoll, a two-time ECAC all-conference selection. “Everyone fulfilled their role, contributed, and focused on the end result – playing and winning as a team.”

That memorable 1990-91 team was inducted in to the inaugural Hall of Fame in 2007. Now O’Driscoll joins former teammates Horan and Gruning as inductees based on their own individual skills and achievements.

O’Driscoll is the country head and CF of a global asset management company in Luxembourg, the largest financial center in Europe.

He lives in Belgium with his wife, Michele, and their four children, Abigail, 14, Alicia, 12, Aberdeen, 9, and Aaron, 5.


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