Jeff Odgers

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Jeff Odgers
Jeff Odgers.jpg
Born (1969-05-31) May 31, 1969 (age 45)
Spy Hill, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1990–2003

John Jeffrey Odgers (born May 31, 1969) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played over 800 games in the National Hockey League for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers. Mainly an enforcer, Odgers compiled a total of 2364 penalty minutes in 821 regular season games. He also scored 75 goals and 70 assists for 145 points. Odgers served as captain of the San Jose Sharks for the latter half of the 1994-95 season and the entire 1995–96 season. He was also known for his mustache while with the Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers.

Playing career[edit]

Odgers was undrafted by any NHL team.[1] He attended a developmental tryout camp on the invitation of Chuck Grillo and was then invited to pre-season camp with the Minnesota North Stars. Though unsigned by the North Stars, Odgers received a personal services contract with the San Jose Sharks and was assigned to the Kansas City Blades of the IHL.[2] Odgers played 61 games in the San Jose Sharks' inaugural season.[3] Odgers led the Sharks with most penalty minutes (since broken). He would later be the captain of the Sharks in 1994-95 until 1996, when he joined the Boston Bruins.

In September 2006, Odgers served as color commentator for an Atlanta Thrashers pre-season game. It was believed to be an on-air tryout alongside longtime Thrashers announcer Dan Kamal to replace Billy Jaffe, who had joined the New York Islanders. Odgers got the job, and served as the color commentator with Kamal on Atlanta AM radio station 680 The Fan for two seasons. At the beginning of the 2008-09 season it was announced that he would not return because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Odgers spent the 2008-09 season as a trainer for his son John's team, the Yorkton Midget Kinsmen Terriers of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League (SSMHL). For the 2009-10 season Odgers coached the Bantam AA Yorkton Terriers of the SSMHL. Another son, Dakota, was a member of that squad.[4] Odgers currently plays Senior Hockey for the Rocanville Tigers of the Triangle Hockey League.[2][5]

Outside hockey, Odgers manages his family farm.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 7 14 21 150
1987–88 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 17 18 35 202 4 1 1 2 14
1988–89 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 31 29 60 277
1989–90 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 64 37 28 65 209
1990–91 Kansas City Blades IHL 77 12 19 31 318
1991–92 Kansas City Blades IHL 12 2 2 4 56 9 3 0 3 13
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 7 4 11 217
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 12 15 27 253
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 13 8 21 222 11 0 0 0 11
1994–95 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 4 3 7 117 11 1 1 2 23
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 12 4 16 192
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL 80 7 8 15 197
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 4 0 0 0 31
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 5 8 13 213 6 0 0 0 25
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 2 3 5 259 15 1 0 1 14
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 1 2 3 162 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 6 7 13 226
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 46 4 4 8 135
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 74 2 4 6 171
NHL totals 821 75 70 145 2364 47 2 1 3 73

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Malinowski (2009-06-15). "Getting to Know: Jeff Odgers". The Hockey News. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Calvin Daniels (2004). Guts and Go: Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories. Heritage House. pp. 97–102. ISBN 978-1-894384-80-3. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Odgers". hockeyDB.com. Internet Hockey Database. 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Yorkton". Team Contacts. SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN MINOR HOCKEY LEAGUE. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tigers Roster". Triangle Hockey League. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Hart, Micah. "Catching Up With "The Sheriff"". Interview with Jeff Odgers. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 

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Preceded by
Bob Errey
San Jose Sharks captain
199596
Succeeded by
Todd Gill