Wherever Jody Shelley goes, people seem to love him.
Before he was an enforcer and fan favorite with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Shelley was a popular figure in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he played three seasons of junior hockey (QMJHL) with the Mooseheads. This year, Halifax and the Mooseheads hosted the Mastercard Memorial Cup, which is the biggest tournament of the year in junior hockey and features champions of the major junior Canadian leagues.
Shelley dropped the first puck before the championship game and received a thunderous ovation from the crowd – which is something he got used to during his plays days in the Maritimes.
When Sportsnet was in town for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Columbus, Shelley sat down with Tara Slone for a 1-on-1 to talk about some memorable years playing for the Mooseheads, his transition from playing to broadcasting, and his love for his home province of Nova Scotia.
"I beam with pride whenever (being from Nova Scotia) comes up," Shelley said.
There's plenty of good stuff in this interview. Check out SpecmenceCBJ's YouTube channel for more Blue Jackets-related clips.