The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Jody Shelley to a two-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Thursday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Shelley, 30, has spent all four of his National Hockey League seasons with the Blue Jackets, registering 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points with 856 penalty minutes in 277 games played. He is the franchise's all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played, trailing only David Vyborny (395), Tyler Wright (309) and Marc Denis (294). In 2005-06, Shelley set career highs for goals, assists, points and games played with 3-7-10 in 80 games and led the club in penalty minutes for the fourth consecutive season with 163 PIM.
"Jody is a fierce competitor who has worked tirelessly to improve his game each year he's been with our club," said MacLean. "He possesses tremendous character and has not only become a real leader in our dressing room, but a great ambassador in our community as well."
Shelley spent three seasons playing in the ECHL and American Hockey League prior to making his NHL debut late in the 2000-01 season. He tallied 3-3-6 in 52 games as an NHL rookie in 2001-02 and ranked second among first-year players, 10th overall, with 206 PIM. He led the NHL in penalty minutes in 2002-03 with 249 PIM to go along with 1-4-5 in 68 games. In 2003-04, he chipped in 3-3-6 in 76 games and ranked fourth in the league with 228 PIM.
"I love playing in Columbus and I'm proud to be part of one of the best organizations in the NHL," said Shelley. "I feel really good about our team and I'm looking forward to helping the Blue Jackets take the next step and bring playoff hockey to our fans."
Prior to embarking on his professional career, he played three seasons with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he notched 48-50-98 and 933 PIM in 181 games from 1994-97. Originally signed by Calgary in September 1998, he spent two seasons in the Flames organization before joining the Blue Jackets as a free agent on Jan. 31, 2001. He collected 4-12-16 and 522 penalty minutes in 91 games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus's AHL affiliate, during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.