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10-11-2011, 11:00 AM
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LW Johnny Sheppard

x2 Top 10 NHL Assists (7th, 10th)
x1 Top 15 NHL Points (15th)
x1 Top 15 NHL Goals (11th)
x1 Stanley Cup Winner (1934)

Originally Posted by LoH
After only eleven games with the Selkirk Fishermen of the MHL Sr., where he collected twelve points, Johnny Sheppard signed with the WCHL's Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent for the 1922-23 season. After four seasons with Edmonton, Sheppard was traded to the Detroit Cougars for cash in 1926, and that is where he began his NHL career.

Sheppard played in Detroit for two seasons before being dealt to the New York Americans in 1928. In his first season with his new team, Sheppard saw his first NHL playoff experience only to be ousted in the first round by their cross-town rival Rangers. The 1929-30 season saw Sheppard collect his NHL career high in points with 29 in 43 games though the team missed the playoffs for the next few years. After five seasons in New York, Sheppard was traded once again, this time to the Boston Bruins, in 1933. His stay in Boston lasted only four games before he was released, though he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Hawks finished the season behind the Red Wings, but would have the last laugh in the playoffs. After going through both the Montreal teams, the Canadiens and the Maroons, the Hawks found themselves in the Stanley Cup final against the Wings. It took only four games to bring Chicago its first Stanley Cup championship, and for Sheppard his first and only Cup. He left the NHL with his championship and played for two more seasons with the NWHL's Seattle Seahawks before hanging up his skates for good in 1936.
Originally Posted by Detroit Red Wings History
The skilled left-winger was the first member of the Detroit organization to pull on the famous No. 9 jersey and with 13-8-21 totals in 1926-27, was the first player to lead the club in all three categories. He also led the team with 60 penalty minutes that inaugural campaign and he and Ted Lindsay are the only players in franchise history to top the club in scoring and penalty minutes in the same season.

Purchased from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Hockey League, the elder Sheppard was a bundle of speed, energy and courage. Called "Wee Johnny" due to his diminutive 5-foot-7, 165-pound frame, Sheppard was a rugged competitor who once worked as a trapper near the Arctic Circle. The deadly finisher possessed blazing speed on his skates.

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