February 7, 1976 |
Thompson, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
New York Rangers
Jody Shelley (born February 7, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known as an enforcer and has the most regular season major penalties for fighting since he joined the league; as of April 4, 2012, he has 173.
Early life 
Born in Thompson, Manitoba, Shelley moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia when he was 12 for his father to work at a tin mine. 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 high school volleyball team.
Playing career 
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.
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.
International play 
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 
On July 11, 2004, Jody married fiancée, Mandy Shelley (née Thompson) of Laurelville, Ohio. They met in a Columbus, Ohio bar while he was playing for the Blue Jackets. In November 2008, they had their first son named Owen William Shelley.
Shelley hosts the Jody Shelley Golf Fore Health in his hometown of Yarmouth every summer which raises money for hospital equipment.
- 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 
|1997–98||Saint John Flames||AHL||18||1||1||2||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|2000–01||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||1||0||0||0||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||52||3||3||6||206||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||68||1||4||5||249||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||76||3||3||6||228||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets". NHL Hockey. 2010-10-25. 20:09 minutes in. Fox Sports Ohio.
- Shelley: NHLer still considers Yarmouth home
- "Shelley, Flyers agree on three-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- "NHL suspends Shelley for remainder of preseason, five regular-season games". NHL. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
- "The not-so odd couple". The Columbus Dispatch, December 15, 2007.
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