Fighting Irish claim their first-ever CCHA tournament title, with senior goaltender David Brown being tabbed tourney MVP.
One of the top defenseman in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) ... will be in the running for all-CCHA and All-America honors in his senior season with the Irish ... selected as an alternate captain for 2006-07 season ... three-time monogram winner at Notre Dame ... offensive-minded defenseman who saw his entire all-around game come together during the 2005-06 campaign ... teams with fellow seniors Noah Babin and Tom Sawatske to give the Irish a veteran trio on the blue line ... big, mobile defenseman with outstanding offensive skills ... hard-working player who takes care of both ends of the ice ... continues to improve all aspects of his game ... led all Notre Dame defensemen in scoring and was fourth on the team with six goals and 19 assists for 25 points ... was seventh in the CCHA among defensemen and 19th nationally ... winner of the William Donald Nyrop Award as the team's top defensive player as a junior ... had career highs in assists and points ... has played in 112-of-113 games in his career with 14 goals and 43 assists for 57 career points ... has proven to be a power-play specialist with 10 goals and 23 assists coming via the power play in his first three seasons ... capped his freshman year by being selected in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft, 115th overall, by the New York Islanders ... went into the draft ranked 19th overall among North Americans (third among college players) by Central Scouting ... was lone collegian selected to attend Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp Aug. 12-19, 2004, in Calgary, Alb. ... one of the top junior hockey players ever to choose to attend Notre Dame ... is one of four former Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) on Irish roster ... joins senior Noah Babin, sophomore Dan VeNard and freshman Kevin Deeth as former Gamblers ... was a teammate of Babin and VeNard in his one season in Green Bay ... one of 19 former USHL players playing at Notre Dame ... one of three Canadians playing for the Irish, joining senior David Brown (Stoney Creek, Ont.) and junior Brock Sheahan (Lethbidge, Alb.) ... member of eight-man recruiting class of 2003 that included five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender ... signed national letter-of-intent in early-signing period (Nov. `02) along with Babin, Brown, Josh Sciba and Jason Paige.
AS A JUNIOR: Came into his own as an all-around defenseman, combining solid defensive skills with his excellent offensive talents ... saw action in 35 games with six goals and career highs in assists (19) and points (25) ... had four power-play goals and 13 assists with the man advantage ... picked up 20 penalties for 40 minutes ... scored a game-winning goal versus Western Michigan ... had 54 shots on goal to rank seventh on team and second among Irish defensemen (Babin led with 66) ... was selected as the William Donald Nyrop Award winner as the team's top defensive player ... had seven games with two or more points, giving him 12 for his career ... first came at the University of Denver where he had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 loss on Oct. 22 ... helped set up a Mark Van Guilder power-play goal in 2-0 win over Princeton on Oct. 29 ... had assists in both games of a weekend sweep versus Bowling Green (Nov. 10-11) ... ran scoring streak to three games (0g, 4a) with two assists in 2-2 tie at Miami ... held scoreless in four straight games before starting another three-game streak (1g, 5a) with a goal and an assist in 3-0 shutout versus Western Michigan on Dec. 3 ... second-period power-play goal was game winner ... followed with a career-high three-assist and three-point game versus Minnesota State on Dec. 6 ... set up all three goals in a 3-2 win, including Erik Condra's game winner with nine seconds left ... closed streak with one assist in 2-1 loss to the Mavericks at the Joyce Center ... scored third goal of the season (all ppgs) in 2-2 tie at Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 7 ... picked up fourth power-play goal of the year in 3-2 loss at Miami on Jan. 14 ... went four games without a point before starting a six-game point streak (2g, 7a) on Feb. 4 at Michigan State ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 2-1 loss to the Spartans ... scored fifth goal of the season and added an assist in 4-1 win over Ferris State on Feb. 10, then assisted on a Josh Sciba power-play goal in 3-2 win at Ferris on Feb. 11 for three-point (1g, 2a) weekend ... had a second three-point weekend (1g, 2a) in a win and tie at Bowling Green ... had a goal and an assist in 7-4 win on Feb. 17 and then helped set up Sciba goal in 1-1 tie the following night ... closed out streak with two assists in 4-1 win over Alaska Fairbanks on Feb. 24 ... did not score in either game of CCHA playoffs versus the Nanooks.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Logged more than his share of ice time in 2004-05, seeing action in 38 games ... finished second in team scoring with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points ... led the Irish with five power-play goals and eight assists with the man advantage for a team-high 13 points ... tied for team lead in goals (6, with Josh Sciba) ... was second in assists (14), points (20) and shots on goal (73) ... whistled off for 22 penalties resulting in 52 penalty minutes ... selected team's defensive player-of-the-year ... started the season with a career-best three-game point streak as he recorded assists in both games of Minnesota-Duluth series and versus Miami in first game of that road series ... played a major role in Notre Dame's 3-2 upset of No. 1 Boston College on Oct. 22 ... staked the Irish to a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the year on the power play at 5:32 of the first period ... with Notre Dame killing a penalty in the final minute, stepped up in front of the Irish net to intercept a BC centering pass and found T.J. Jindra all alone at center ice ... Jindra raced in to score the game winner with 15 seconds left ... picked up an assist on lone Notre Dame goal in a 4-1 home loss to Northern Michigan ... had first multiple goal game of his career versus Bowling Green on Nov. 5 in 4-4 tie ... first goal of game gave Irish a 2-0 first-period lead and came on the power play ... second goal came with Morgan Cey off for a sixth attacker and time running out ... Chris Trick kept a Falcon clearing attempt in at the right point and slid a pass to O'Neill who was parked to the right of Jordan Sigalet ... the big defender deflected the puck past Sigalet with three seconds left on the clock for the 4-4 tie ... fourth goal of the season came a week later in 3-2 win at Western Michigan ... did not score again until Michigan State series, Dec. 10-11 ... third-period power-play goal tied game at 2-2 before Matt Amado scored game winner in overtime ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 4-1 loss the following night ... sixth goal of the season came in Jan. 14, 4-1 loss to Ohio State ... picked up six assists over the final 16 games of the season, including a two-assist game versus Ferris State.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 39 games for the Irish, scoring two goals with 10 assists for 12 points ... scored one power-play goal ... had 47 shots on goal for a .043 shooting percentage ... led Notre Dame's defense with a +7 for the year ... CCHA all-rookie team honorable mention selection ... scored first career goal and had first multiple-point game on Oct. 17 versus Bowling Green in 5-3 loss ... set up Michael Bartlett's second-period goal at 8:22 and then tied the game at 3-3 with his first goal at 15:30 of the middle stanza ... second goal of the year came on Nov. 22 on the power play in a 2-2 tie with Lake Superior ... had first two-assist game of his career on Dec. 5 in 8-6 loss at Western Michigan when he set up third-period goals by Josh Sciba and Cory McLean ... had two assists in five postseason contests.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in Ashwaubenon, Wis. ... attended Essex High School in Essex, Ont., for three years ... played hockey, basketball and soccer at Essex ... was team MVP in hockey and basketball in his junior year ... selected male athlete of the year as a sophomore at Essex ... played one season (2002-03) in the USHL with the Green Bay Gamblers ... had two goals and 15 assists for 17 points with 74 penalty minutes ... represented Green Bay in the USHL all-star game ... was chosen with the second pick in the 2002 Ontario Hockey League draft but opted to play collegiate hockey and spent a year in Green Bay, where he graduated from high school ... selected to play for Team Ontario at the Under-17 World Championships, played in Nova Scotia in February of 2003, collecting three goals and nine assists for 12 points in six games ... in August of 2003, was selected to play for Team Canada at the Under-18 Select Championships in the Czech Republic ... had a goal and four assists in five games while helping Canada finish fourth ... played junior B hockey for the Chatham Maroons in 2001-02, collecting nine goals and 36 assists for 45 points in 51 games ... full name is Wes Samuel O'Neill ... son of Tim and Sandy O'Neill ... has one sister ... born March 3, 1986, in Windsor, Ont. ... majoring in psychology with a minor in Peace Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.
O'Neill's Career Statistics
O'Neill's Career Bests
vs. Minnesota State (0g-3a; 12/6/05)
vs. Bowling Green (11/5/04)
vs. Minnesota State (12/6/05),br>
5 Shots on Goal
vs. Alaska Fairbanks (3/3/06)
vs. Bowling Green (10/17/03)
6-Game Point Streak
(2g-7a); Feb. 4 - Feb. 25, 2006,br> (vs. Michigan State, Ferris State -2, Bowling Green - 2, Alaska)