After retiring quietly last month, the Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Jody Shelley as a broadcast associate and “team ambassador.

Shelley once played for the Blue Jackets, recording 11 goals and 18 assists in 380 games with 1,025 penalty minutes from 2001-2008. He led the club in penalty minutes four times and set the franchise record with 249 during the 2002-03 season. 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.

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. However, his time with the club was short lived, and on July 1, 2010, Shelley signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team he would finish his career with. 

Shelley finished his career with 1,538 penalty minutes in 627 career games, cementing himself as one of the tougher goons to play in recent years.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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