A smile from Jody Shelley during a July 13 ceremony to rename Cottage Street to Jody Shelley Drive. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
Former Yarmouth resident Jody Shelley, who last month had a street named after him here, is hanging up his NHL skates and has rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets as broadcast associate and team ambassador.
According to the team’s website, Shelley “will feature prominently in all aspects of the club’s broadcasting efforts,” doing both radio and television work.
“Jody Shelley is one of the most popular players in our history and we are very pleased to have him back in the Blue Jackets family,” said Mike Priest, the team’s president. “I have been very impressed by Jody’s commitment and desire to make an impact on our organization. It is obvious that he cares a great deal about this team, the community and our fans.”
Aside from his broadcast work, Shelley will be “actively engaged in various business and community initiatives for the organization,” the Columbus website said.
Shelley spent seven years with the Blue Jackets before moving on to the San Jose Sharks. He also played for the New York Rangers and then the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 37-year-old was an unsigned free agent.
Shelley was born in Manitoba but his family later moved to Yarmouth, where he played minor hockey.
Shelley has been returning to Yarmouth in recent years to take part in the golf tournament that bears his name and raises money for the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.
While in Yarmouth last month, he also attended the ceremony where what had been known as Cottage Street was renamed Jody Shelley Drive.