Shjon Podein

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Shjon Podein
Born (1968-03-05) March 5, 1968 (age 48)
Rochester, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft 166th overall, 1988
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1990–2006

Shjon Walter Podein (born March 5, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger who played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues.

He was named the Head High School Hockey Coach at St. Louis Park (MN) High School on March 16, 2011. He has been active in the youth program for three years before being named coach.

Playing career[edit]

Podein graduated from John Marshall High School in 1986. He then played collegiate hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA. After his freshman year, the Edmonton Oilers drafted him 166th in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Podein made his professional debut in the 1990–91 season with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL. He made his NHL debut in the 1992–93 season with the Oilers but was returned to Cape Breton, where he won the Calder Cup. Over the next season Podein saw limited time with the parent club and was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on July 27, 1994.

With the Flyers, Podein developed into a penalty-killer and checking forward. Podein played 5 seasons and over 300 games with Philadelphia, and reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1997, won by the Detroit Red Wings .

On November 12, 1998, the Flyers traded Podein to the Colorado Avalanche for Keith Jones.[1] While helping Colorado capture the Stanley Cup in the 2000–01 season, Shjon also scored a career-high 15 goals and equaled his best points total at 32. Shjon is often remembered for wearing his uniform a full 25 hours after winning game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.[2]

The Avalanche traded Podein to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Keane on February 11, 2002.[3] Shjon played his last NHL season in 2002–03. He then played in Sweden with Växjö Lakers Hockey and finished his career in Japan with the HC Nikko Icebucks.

Away from the ice, Shjon set up the "Shjon Podein Children's Foundation". Podein was noted for his dedication to charity work and youth hockey programs. In recognition, Podein received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2001.[4]

Podein did the traditional "Let's play hockey" cheer for the Minnesota Wild game on Feb. 19, 2008.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 30 4 4 8 48
1988–89 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 36 7 5 12 46
1989–90 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 35 21 18 39 36
1990–91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 63 14 15 29 65 4 0 0 0 5
1991–92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 30 24 54 46 5 3 1 4 2
1992–93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 38 18 21 39 32 9 2 2 4 29
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 13 6 19 25
1993–94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 5 4 4 8 4
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 3 5 8 8
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 3 7 10 33 15 1 3 4 10
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 15 10 25 89 12 1 2 3 50
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 14 18 32 41 19 4 3 7 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 11 13 24 53 5 0 0 0 10
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 2 6 8 24 19 1 1 2 12
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 11 8 19 29 17 5 0 5 8
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 15 17 32 68 23 2 3 5 14
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 6 6 12 39
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 2 4 6 2 10 0 0 0 6
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 4 6 10 28 7 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Växjö Lakers Swe-1 33 11 16 27 52 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Växjö Lakers Swe-1 29 9 12 21 38 1 0 0 0 25
2005–06 HC Nikko Icebucks ALH 26 7 7 14 55
NHL totals 699 100 106 206 439 127 14 13 27 132

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1993 United States WC 6th 6 1 3 4 8
1994 United States WC 4th 8 3 1 4 14
1998 United States WC 12th 4 0 0 0 4
Senior totals 18 4 4 8 26

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Cape Breton Oilers) 1992–93
NHL
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 2000–01
King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2000–01

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avalanche trade Jones for Flyer's Podein". Associated Press. 1998-11-12. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Blue, Blackhawks and more Podes then you can handle". ESPN.com. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Blues peddle Keane for Podein". cbc.ca. 2002-02-12. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  4. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy winners". ESPN.com. 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Let's Play Hockey". AOL. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 

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Preceded by
Curtis Joseph
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
2001
Succeeded by
Ron Francis