Paul O’Donnell is a syndicated hockey writer from Chicago. He currently writes for the Hockey Stop Magazine, a regional  hockey publication covering Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin,and Northeastern Indiana.

His column Hockey From the Neck up is also syndicated with Ice Times Magazine, a hockey publication, who’s readership covers Texas and Oklahoma as well as St. Louis’ Hockey Stop Magazine covering Southern Illinois and Missouri.

Mr. O’Donnell, also writes a column called Game Breaker, in conjunction with the Chicago Wolves, Chicago’s American Hockey League franchise.

Paul has been a hockey coach in the Chicagoland area for the past 25 years, coaching many levels from learn to skate to adult.

Paul grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts playing his youth and high school hockey in the Greater Boston Area.  He played his college hockey for Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts from 1975-77 under College Hockey Hall of Fame coach Mike Gilligan and also with Mankato State University in Minnesota during the 1978-79 season.

In 1981, after graduating with a degree from Mankato State University  in Emergency Medical Care Rescue and relocated to Chicago with his wife Kathy. In October of 1982 he was hired by Chicago Fire Department as a Fire Department Paramedic and became a Chicago Firefighter in 1997.

Paul’s  firefighting ended in September of 2009;  following six debilitating back surgeries and two fused discs that finally ended his 27 year career.

He still lives in Chicago, with his wife Kathy and his two children Sean and Courtney.

You can contact Paul by Email at paul@neckuphockey .com