By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Jody Shelley is retiring as a player in hockey, but by no means he is stepping away from the game he loves.
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Philadelphia Flyers' Jody Shelley skates off the ice during a pre-season game in 2011.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired the former Halifax Mooseheads’ fan favourite and Yarmouth native as a broadcast associate and “team ambassador.”
Shelley was one of the Blue Jackets’ most popular players 2001-2008, recording 11 goals and 18 assists in 380 games with 1,025 penalty minutes. He led the club in penalty minutes four times and set the franchise record with 249 during the 2002-03 season.
The 37-year-old will provide analysis during home radio broadcasts, in addition to working occasionally as a TV commentator and interviewer and co-hosting a weekly radio show.
“Since the day I left, I’ve always been a fan of the Blue Jackets, and on the outside looking in, I thought ‘man, it would be great to get back there some day,’” Shelley toldBlueJackets.com. “You always think about different things, but for it to really happen…we’re just thrilled. My family and I are ecstatic.”
All tolled, Shelley will finish with 627 NHL games played. Besides Columbus, he also enjoyed stints with San Jose, the New York Rangers and most recently the Philadelphia Flyers.
He recorded 18 goals, 36 assists and 1,538 penalty minutes during his career.
– with files from The Canadian Press