COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Johnstown left wing Jody Shelley to a two-year contract.
The Dayton Bombers are the ECHL affiliate of the Blue Jackets and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
In his first full professional season in 1998-99, Shelley had 325 penalty minutes and 29 points (12g-17a) in 52 regular season games with Johnstown. He also had 46 penalty minutes in eight regular season games with Saint John of the American Hockey League.
The 30-year-old has spent all four of his NHL seasons with the Blue Jackets, registering 27 points (10g-17a) and 856 penalty minutes in 277 games. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played behind David Vyborny (395), Tyler Wright (309) and Marc Denis (294). In 2005-06, he led the team in penalty minutes for the fourth consecutive season with 163 penalty minutes and set career highs with three goals, seven assists, 10 points in 80 games.