It only seems like yesterday Shelley was called up for the penguins game during the 2000/2001 season. Sure were happy to have some more skill on the ice but it doesnt make it any easier to see such a class act leaving the city.
Bob Hunter had a great article in todays dispatch if u havent got to see it. A part that stood out to me.
Shelley on his role with the team leading up to the trade ...
" Even this week, ( coach hitch ) grabbed me and said, 'hey i dont know what's going to happen as far as playing, but you're a big part of this room, and you're showing the young guys the way they have to act.' It makes me proud that he called me in and told me that because he didn't have to."
"Shelley on his role with the team leading up to the trade ..."
"KNOW YOUR ROLE"
That was Jody's quote from back in 2000 when he was with Johnston Chiefs.
He knew his role with the CBJ, accepted it and took the opportunity to make
himself better (1st on the ice, last off it). Sure, he wasn't the best skater or
player, but the best character person on the short CBJ history .
Im showing my appreciation by wearing my #25 Halifax Mooseheads jersey with a black armband in rememberence of 6 great seasons on Saturday. And if you have this year's yearbook look for me holding my SHELY 45 license plate in front of the Hockey Hall Of Fame
I'll miss Jody. My sister mailed a bunch of cards and letters to the team once to try and get them autographed for me. Only Sanderson and Jody replied, but Jody sent me a second card (I'll assume for my sister).
It's a community coming together to remember someone they appreciated. That's all an appreciation thread is.
You don't stop saying, "Thank you," because a person is gone.
The "appreciation" thread is nothing more then a big group hug. Re-read my post. If you really wanted to appreciate him, there are better ways.
Plenty of people thanked him in the other thread (including me), this seems redundant. No biggie, not saying it shouldn't exist. I just don't get the need for all this repeated "feel good". But if people need to say more, please carry on.
My intent on the post is, if people feel this strongly, do something more. Call the Jackets and ask them to have a "Shelly Night" on the 27th or something.