Frequent Flyer Miles: Shelley retires and becomes announcer, Printz to Allsvenskan, Rowe hangs up skates

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A small number of former Philadelphia Flyers, draft picks, and players who were once linked to the organization moved this week, as three former Flyers altered their careers and a former Trenton Titan retired.

The biggest news of the week relating to former Flyers is the retirement of Jody Shelley. The enforcer announced his decision to walk away from his playing career early this week, as it was also announced that he would be a broadcast associate and “team ambassador” for the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to ESPN. Shelley will be an analyst for the Flyers’ new divisional opponent, as well as an occasional TV commentator and interviewer. The hulking fighter had two goals and three assists in 89 regular season games for the Orange and Black over the last three seasons. Shelley also posted 191 PIMs since he started in 2010-2011 with the Flyers.

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David Printz left Dornbirner EC of Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and will play for Djurgarden of Sweden’s Allsvenskan. Since leaving Philly after the 2006-2007 campaign, Printz has only played for Dornbirner EC with the exception of a single game last season for HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL. A seventh-round pick by the Flyers in 2001, Printz played in 13 games for the Flyers in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, as he failed to record a point, posted four PIMs, and registered a minus-3 rating. He also had 42 points in 192 games for the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2004-2007.

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Another member of the 2006-2007 Flyers, Lars Jonsson, announced his retirement this week. Jonsson, who joined Brynas IF in the SHL the season following his time in Philly, played in six games for Brynas and three games with Almtuna IS in the Allsvenskan. Jonsson played in eight games for the Orange and Black in his only season with the club and posted two assists and a minus-4 rating. The blue liner also produced 33 points in 84 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

In former Titans news, Randy Rowe, who served as Trenton’s captain in his lone season with the club, decided to retire. The forward had 20 goals and 21 assists in 61 tilts for the Titans in 2011-2012, as he recorded a monstrous number of goals, helpers, and games played in his time in the ECHL. Rowe will end his career ranked 14th in ECHL history with 236 goals, 18th in ECHL history with 521 points, and is one of just seven players in the league’s history to play in over 600 games with 622 contests.