Longtime Blue Jackets fan favorite Jody Shelley made his return to the organization today, as he was named team ambassador and a broadcast associate.
The veteran of over 600 NHL games with Columbus, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks is now 37 years old and, along with wife Mandy, is raising two young children: son, Owen, and daughter, Evelyn.
Shelley will be a prominent figure in his new role with the Blue Jackets, including regular work on the team's broadcasts (both radio and television), hosting a weekly radio show, and direct involvement with the club's business ventures and the Blue Jackets Foundation.
As we welcome Jody and his family back to the Blue Jackets organization, let's take a look at some of the "notable numbers" on Shelley and his career.
17 - The number of days separating Shelley being signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent (Jan. 31, 2001) and then making his NHL debut (Feb. 17, 2011) at Mellon Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1,025 - Shelley's career penalty minutes total during his Blue Jackets career, which included some of the most memorable bouts in franchise history. He is still the team's all-time leader in penalty minutes, five years after leaving the organization in a trade to San Jose.
1,619 - Miles separating Shelley's birthplace (Thompson, Manitoba) and the town in which he grew up and started learning the game of hockey (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia).
249 - In their 13-year history, the Blue Jackets have never had a player record more than 249 penalty minutes in a season. Shelley was the last to do it, in the 2002-03 campaign.
4 - The number of times in his six-year Blue Jackets career that Shelley led the team in penalty minutes, which is still a franchise record to this day. Shelley is fifth on the team's all-time games played list (380).