It seems everything about Jody Shelley has been done quietly ever since he arrived in Philadelphia thanks to a mystifying three-year, four-plus-million free-agent deal signed in July of 2010.
On Friday, several outlets reported that the square-jawed Manitoba native has decided to call it a career.
And in an ironic twist, he’ll become the latest ex-Philadelphia Flyer to wind up with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
However, unlike Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton — the two Jacket goaltenders who will get a prime view of the action at ice level — the 37-year-old will join the Columbus broadcasting crew and call the action from outside the rink. He’ll also serve as a team ambassador.
Shelley participated in 627 NHL games, breaking into the league for good in Ohio’s capital during the 2001-02 season. He finishes his career with 18 goals, 54 points and a whopping 1,538 penalty minutes.
He suited up in only 89 games for the Orange and Black, the majority of them in a 58-game stint in 2010-11, totaling two goals and three assists.