The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings and the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
O’Connor appeared in 41 contests in his rookie season with the Walleye during the 2017-18 season, collecting 16 points (4g-12a) and 12 penalty minutes while finishing the year as a +15. He also had an assist in two playoff contests. Three times during the year O’Connor posted multi-point efforts and during his last he delivered the game-winning goal on March 30 during Toledo’s 4-1 win over Wheeling. He also skated for the Walleye after completing his college career in the spring of 2017, scoring goals in first two pro games.
The native of Elk Grove Village, Illinois appeared in 148 games in his college career at Bemidji State University while accruing 53 points (26g-27a) and 83 penalty minutes. As captain of the Beavers in the 2016-17 season, he posted a career high 19 points (6g-13a). In the 2014-15 season, O’Connor posted a career best 11 goals while playing as a +11. He was on the WCHA All-Academic team over three years.
Prior to his time in college the 25-year-old played a pair of seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, posting 63 points (23g-40a) in 111 career games.