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Hard-nosed and well-respected winger Jody Shelley was born February 7, 1976 in Thompson, Manitoba. A good athlete who played major junior hockey for the Quebec League's Halifax Mooseheads, Shelley also participated in soccer, swimming and volleyball at the high school level. As a child, the Flyers were his favorite NHL team.

Never selected in the NHL Draft, Shelley began at the lower minor league level in the ECHL and literally fought his way up to 627-game career in the National Hockey League. Signing with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2010, Shelley finished out his NHL career with three seasons in the orange and black. As a Flyer, he dressed in 89 regular season games, posting two goals, five points and 191 penalty minutes. For his NHL career, Shelley played in 627 games, chipping in 18 goals and 54 points while racking up 1,538 penalty minutes.

After his active career, Shelley became a broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets, for whom he set the franchise penalty minute record during his playing days.