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Sheldon Souray
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Sheldon Souray

Anaheim Ducks  Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: July 13, 1976  (AGE 38)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Elk Point, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 231 DRAFTED: NJD / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (71st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Souray, in his third NHL All-Star game, will be playing in Montreal for the first time since signing with the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2007-08 season. He recorded 160 points (62-98-160) in 324 games for Montreal. <br /> <br /> Known for his shot on the power play, Souray tied Adrian Aucoin for the hardest shot (102.2 mph) at the 2004 All-Star skills competition and finished second to Zdeno Chara (100.4 mph) with a recorded shot of 100.0 miles per hour in the 2007 competition in Dallas. He commented on the hardest shot event: &quot;Jeremy Roenick once told me the best way to shoot it is just to aim low and to try and hit the middle of the radar. Keeping it low has always been a bit of a challenge for me ... it's a pretty foolproof event. It's not puck-handing or anything like that. Your margin for error is pretty low.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his expectations: &quot;For me, it's about getting better, getting in the top 20 defensemen and being ranked there, not the top four or five. (Coach MacTavish) always talks about realistic goals. For me, if I can eat minutes up, be dependable, provide offence, then I'm doing my job.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being named an assistant captain this season: &quot;It's an honour, for sure, but it's not something that motivates me to play any differently. I think we've all, at points in our career, been parts of a leadership group. Most guys here have been captains all the way through their careers. It's just nice to be part of a group that has so much respect for each other. It's like a band of brothers in here. So for me it doesn't change anything.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his defense getting overlooked: &quot;It's funny, but when I started in the NHL in New Jersey, my job was to be a physical stay-at-home defenseman. I thought I did a good job of it. But a few years ago, when my offense started coming, I guess I gave up some of the defense because the Canadiens were always putting me in offensive situations. Hey, I know the plus-minus statistics. I have no excuses, other than to say that I'm a better overall player than that.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber: &quot;He shoots the puck really hard. It's unbelievable how hard he shoots the puck, I don't really know how hard I shoot the puck, but I know he shoots it really hard.&quot; <br /> <br /> Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Craig MacTavish: &quot;He's played well from the outset of the season and he's really been a positive factor on the power play where teams are compensating to overcome him and that shot. There are not many players who can score from that far away ... but don't be confused about Sheldon. He provides more than just a big shot. He's big and strong and nasty to play against. He makes an impact that way, too.&quot; <br /> <br /> Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on Souray's shot: &quot;It's hard. He has such an easy motion. Even when you know it's coming, you have a clear look at him, you think you see the puck and then ... it's by you.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://oilers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=399560">Happy Homecoming for Souray</a><br /> <!--<a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=28827">Kane Broadcast Feature</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=28879">NBC Chicago Goes 1 on 1 with Kane</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=21593">Is This the Year campaign</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=21026">Take Me Out to the Ball Game</a><br />--><br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003-04</td> <td>East</td> <td>6-4</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">5</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">-2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">7</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh