COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed former Johnstown left wing Jody Shelley to a two-year contract. Columbus is the NHL affiliate for Dayton of the ECHL.
“Jody has been a real fan favorite since he has been with the Blue Jackets and I am excited that he will continue to be a part of our organization and community,” said Columbus president and general manager Doug MacLean. “He is a tough competitor who has continued to work hard to make himself a better hockey player and I’m confident that his continued improvement will pay dividends for our hockey club.”
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. In 1999-2000, Shelley had 256 penalty minutes and 26 points (9g-17a) in 36 regular season games with the Chiefs. He had five points (1g-4a) and 93 penalty minutes in 22 regular season games and also appeared in three playoff games with Saint John.
Signed by Columbus as a free agent in 2000, the 28-year-old Shelley had six points (3g-3a) and ranked fourth in the league with 228 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2003-04. In his first full NHL season in 2002-03, he scored five points (1g-4a) and led the league with 249 penalty minutes in 68 games.
Shelley, who made his NHL debut in 2000-01 with Columbus, has 17 points (7g-10a) and 693 penalty minutes in 197 career NHL games.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze.