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Q&A with the CBJ: Jody Shelley

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Few faces in the CBJ dressing room are more familiar than Jody Shelley's. The fan-favorite forward just recently suited up for his 300th game, all of them with the Jackets. Though many opponents fear him, he abuses his teammates most with his relentless teasing. The enforcer discusses his fondest hockey memories, his youth of moving around Canada and his off-ice interests in this week's "Q&A with the CBJ."

( - Q: Jody, congrats on your 300th game. What was that milestone like?
(Jody): - A: To hear you say that, it's pretty incredible. It is a milestone. It's about 300 more than I ever dreamt of playing. Every game has been a total treat and real enjoyable, so it's been a lot of fun.

How did you get the nickname 'Hawk'?
(Former Jackets) Kevin Dineen and Geoff Sanderson are responsible for that one. They're hunters, and, well, let's just call it a hunting tale. That's about all I can elaborate on it.

What is it about hockey that you love the most?
I love everything about the game. I love being with my teammates in the dressing room. I love the challenges every night, getting the puck out, scoring a goal, or getting in a fight. I love those challenges. I love the excitement of playing in every arena we go to. I just love every aspect. I've been playing since I was four. It's a total dream job.

What are your personal and team goals for the rest of the season?
We're always thinking about winning the next game and getting into the playoffs. That's our goal. We're not happy with our start, but we want to win as many games as we can and play the way we know this team's capable of. My personal goals are to contribute more offensively, be solid defensively, and just be a solid winger.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
We've heard you moved around a lot. I was born in Manitoba. We grew up all over Canada. I lived in Western Canada, Vancouver Island, for 12 years. My dad was a miner. Then we moved to Newfoundland. Then we moved to Nova Scotia. I was there for high school and junior high. My parents ended up in Edmonton, Alberta. You know, everything was hockey. I've got two sisters and a brother, and my memories are we were just always packing around and going to hockey games. It was great.

Who were some of your heroes as a kid?
Wayne Gretzky. Mark Messier. I used to love Joel Otto, too. I don't know if you remember him, but he played for the Calgary Flames.

What's been the highlight of your hockey career so far?
It’s definitely my first NHL game when I played here against Pittsburgh (in 2001). I had a couple fights. I mean, it was like walking on a cloud the whole time I was here. It was only one game that year, but that's one of those things I'll never forget.

What's your favorite food?
Probably steak. I enjoy a good steak. Or chocolate cake. I like chocolate.

Or maybe steak and then chocolate.
Yeah, that's right. Get them both back to back.

What kind of music gets you pumped up?
I like a good Metallica song or a good Bush or ACDC song.

If you weren't playing pro hockey, what would you be doing right now?
I enjoy business. In this game, you meet a lot of business people who've had a lot of success in marketing and all that stuff, so I enjoy that. Everyone dreams of running their own business someday. I enjoy hunting and fishing, too.

Who's your funniest teammate?
(Thinking and standing up to look at all of the dressing room name plates). Hmmm. Well, not 'Chimmer' (Jason Chimera). I don't find him funny. You can print that. You know, I'll go with David Vyborny. He's a funny guy.

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