|Sheldon Sherrick Souray
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 233 pounds
Born: 7.13.76 Elk Point, Alberta
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Josh DeWolf and Devils' 2nd round pick in the
2001 E.D. for Vladimir Malakhov, 3.1.00
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When the Devils had him, Souray was nowhere near the player he would become. He was a big guy that played
physical on the backline, yes, but at the time, his offensive game was just an afterthought.
The trade to Montreal gave him that opportunity to bring his offensive game up to snuff, while the Devils added another
experienced body for their Cup run that year. The only problem in the beginning of Souray's time with the Habs was
dealing with injuries, particularly a wrist injury that caused him to miss a season and a half.
His first full season back, 2003-04, saw him reach then career highs in all his offensive categories. That continued to
improve, which ultimately lead to a record-breaking 06-07 campaign. Out of the 26 goals he scored that year, 19 were
on the power play, the most of any NHL defenseman in a season. With a boomer of a shot that he has, it's no surprise.
There were high hopes for him when he signed with the Edmonton Oilers the following season, but injuries caused him
to miss 3/4 of the season. He would start living up to those high hopes in 08-09, making the Western All-Star Team.
He once held the unofficial NHL record for the hardest shot with a 106.7 MPH slapper. He set it at the Oilers Skills
Competition in January, 2009. Unofficial because the NHL only recognizes the ASG Skills Comp. (It would be broken
by Zdeno Chara at the 2012 All-Star Competition in Ottawa, going at 108.8 MPH.)
He last played in 2013 with Anaheim, but did not announce his retirement until 2015.
Souray also co-owns La Pizzeria Etc. in Montreal with Martin Brodeur.
|Entry Draft: 1994 Third Round Pick (71st overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise