Jody Shelley

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Jody Shelley
Jody Shelley.jpg
Born (1976-02-07) February 7, 1976 (age 38)
Thompson, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2013

Jody Shelley (born February 7, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. During his National Hockey League (NHL) career he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. He was known as an enforcer and had the most regular season major penalties for fighting since he joined the league; when he retired - on August 9, 2013 - he had 173. Shelley rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets in August 2013 when he was named a broadcast associate and team ambassador. In May 2014 he became the Blue Jackets TV Color Analyst along side Jeff Rimer. [1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Thompson, Manitoba, Shelley moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia when he was 12 for his father to work at a tin mine.[2] He attended Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, graduating in 1994. He was involved in a number of competitive sports in his high school years, including hockey, swimming, and soccer, as well as a brief stint on the volleyball team.

Playing career[edit]

Shelley began playing hockey when he was young in the Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association until his midget year. He moved away from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia when he was 18 to play for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Shelley then played 19 games for Dalhousie University before being signed by the Saint John Flames in the AHL to make his pro debut. Jody Shelley was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames on September 1, 1998, but never played for them. He played until 2000 with Saint John.

Almost 2 years later, on August 17, 2000, he was signed as a free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets and played one game for them in the 2000–01 season. During that one game, he had ten minutes in penalties. After that, he played fairly regularly as the Blue Jackets' enforcer averaging over 200 minutes in penalties a season. During the 2003–04 NHL season, he got into a career-high 30 fights. He played five-and-a-half seasons for the Blue Jackets.

On January 29, 2008, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a sixth-round draft pick in 2009 and he re-signed with the Sharks in the off-season. In a 2008 regular season match against the Dallas Stars, Sean Avery hit Brad Lukowich and after the incident, Shelley and Avery began to throw water and Gatorade at each other while jawing at each other.[3]

Jody Shelley as a San Jose Shark in 2010.

Two years after joining San Jose, on February 12, 2010, Shelley was traded by the Sharks to the Rangers for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

On July 1, 2010, Shelley signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[4]

On September 20, 2011, Shelley was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and 5 regular season games for boarding Darryl Boyce.[5]

On August 9, 2013, with no NHL contract offers following the expiration of his deal with the Flyers, he announced his retirement from professional hockey and joined the team he started his NHL career with (the Blue Jackets) on a front office job.

International play[edit]

During the 2004–2005 NHL Lockout, Shelley played for the JYP in the Finnish SM-Liiga. He played 11 games in the regular season with no goals, one assist and 20 penalty minutes. During the playoffs he played 3 games with no points and 25 penalty minutes.

Personal life[edit]

On July 11, 2004, Jody married fiancée, Mandy Shelley (née Thompson) of Laurelville, Ohio. They met in Columbus, Ohio while he was playing for the Blue Jackets.[6] In November 2008, they had their first son named Owen.

In addition to Shelley's duties on Blue Jackets broadcasts, he represents the club as a team ambassador where he will spearhead the organization of the Blue Jackets Player Alumni Association. [7]

Shelley hosts the Jody Shelley Golf Fore Health in his hometown of Yarmouth every summer which raises money for hospital equipment.[8]

The Town of Yarmouth declared July 13, 2013, as Jody Shelley Day, and honoured Shelley by renaming Cottage Street as Jody Shelley Drive, and also renumbering the Mariners Centre, the local winter sports facility, as 45 Jody Shelley Drive, after his jersey number.

Records[edit]

  • Currently holds the all time record in penalty minutes (420) for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
  • Also holds the single season record for penalty minutes (357) for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL
  • Holds single-game penalty minutes record for the San Jose Sharks. (41)
  • His number (25) was retired from the Halifax Mooseheads.
  • He was named number one Mooseheads player of all time.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 72 10 12 22 194 7 0 1 1 12
1995–96 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 50 13 19 32 319 6 0 2 2 36
1996–97 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 59 25 19 44 420 17 6 6 12 125
1997–98 Dalhousie University AUAA 19 6 11 17 145
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 18 1 1 2 50
1998–99 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 51 12 17 29 325
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 8 0 0 0 46
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 22 1 4 5 93 3 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 36 9 17 26 256
2000–01 Syracuse Crunch AHL 69 1 7 8 357 5 0 0 0 21
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 10
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 52 3 3 6 206
2001–02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 22 3 5 8 165
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 1 4 5 249
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 76 3 3 6 228
2004–05 JYP FNL 11 0 1 1 20 3 0 0 0 25
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 3 7 10 163
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 72 1 1 2 125
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 31 0 0 0 44
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 1 6 7 91 6 0 0 0 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 70 2 2 4 116 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 36 0 3 3 78
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 21 2 4 6 37
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 2 2 4 127 2 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 0 1 1 64
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 627 18 36 54 1538 9 0 0 0 4

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