Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sheldon Souray
Born in Elk Point, Alberta, Sheldon Souray was taken 71st overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, while he was in the midst of a solid junior career with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. He returned to junior and eventually joined the Prince George Cougars before gaining some playing time with the AHL's Albany River Rats in the latter stages of the 1994-95 season.

Souray went on to play one more season of junior hockey in 1995-96, splitting his time between Prince George and Kelownap before getting his second stint with Albany in the latter stages of the 1995-96 season. After playing 60 games on the Devils as a rookie in 1997-98, Souray fit in well with the hard hitting and close-checking squad. He played nearly two more years there but was considered expendable since the club was deep on the blueline. In March, 2000 he was part of the package sent by the Devils to the Habs for enigmatic defenceman Vladimir Malakhov. Souray fit in well on his new team but missed nearly a quarter of the 2000-01 season due to injuries.

Continuously struggling with injuries in 2001-02, Souray missed the entire 2002-03 season, recovering from an ongoing wrist injury. The rugged rearguard returned to the ice in 2003-04 and subsequently went on to have a career year offensively, registering 35 points (15-20-35) and taking part in his first NHL All-Star Game.

Following a stellar season with the Canadiens, Sourey would break his previous career high point totals by tallying 26 goals and 64 points in the 2006-07 season. Nineteen of Souray's 26 goals came on the power play, which set an NHL record for defensemen. In the off-season, the Canadiens were unable to re-sign Souray who was set to become one of the most highly touted unrestricted free agents on July 1st, 2007.

On July 12th, 2007 Souray returned to his provincial homeland by inking a five-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. A shoulder injury limited Souray to just 26 games in his first year in Edmonton, but the following season the big blueliner would return to form. The 2008-09 season would be among the most productive of Souray's career. He scored 23 times for the Oilers and added 30 assists.

Injuries would once again take their toll on Souray during the 2009-10 season. Just three games into the season he suffered a concussion in a game against the rival Calgary Flames. Upon his return, Souray struggled to regain his form and he requested a trade in the summer of 2010.

Unable to find a trading partner, the Oilers put Souray on waivers, but he went unclaimed. The club loaned Souray to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League for the 2010-11 season.

In the summer of 2011, Souray was an unrestricted free agent. He inked a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

After his one-year stay with the Stars, Souray was once again an unrestricted free agent. On July 1, 2012, Souray signed a 3-year, $11 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Bonnyville Sabres AAHA 30 15 20 35 100
1991-92 Quesnel Midget Millionaires Minor-BC 20 5 15 20 200
1991-92 Alberta Cycle AMHL 11 0 5 5 67
1992-93 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 35 0 12 12 125
1992-93 Tri-City Americans WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Tri-City Americans WHL 42 3 6 9 122
1994-95 Tri-City Americans WHL 40 2 24 26 140
1994-95 Prince George Cougars WHL 11 2 3 5 23
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 7 0 2 2 8
1995-96 Prince George Cougars WHL 32 9 18 27 91
1995-96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 27 7 20 27 94 6 0 5 5 2
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 6 0 2 2 12 4 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 70 2 11 13 160 16 2 3 5 47
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 60 3 7 10 85 +18 3 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 6 0 0 0 8 -2
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 1 7 8 110 +5 2 0 1 1 0
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 52 0 8 8 70 -6
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 3 0 3 44 +7
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 3 8 11 95 -11
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 3 5 8 62 -5 12 0 1 1 16
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 15 20 35 104 +4 11 0 2 2 39
2004-05 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 39 9 8 17 117 15 1 6 7 77
2004-05 Canada WC-A 9 1 1 2 6 0
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 12 27 39 116 -11 6 3 2 5 8
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 26 38 64 135 -28
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 3 7 10 36 -7
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 23 30 53 98 +1
2009-10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 4 9 13 65 -19
2010-11 Hershey Bears AHL 40 4 15 19 85 +10 6 1 1 2 16
2011-12 Dallas Stars NHL 64 6 15 21 73 +11
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 44 7 10 17 52 +19 6 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 758 109 191 300 1145 40 3 8 11 69


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1996) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2007, 2009) Traded to Montreal by New Jersey with Josh DeWolf and New Jersey's 2nd round pick (later traded to Washington, later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001 NHL Draft for Vladimir Malakhov, March 1, 2000.
Missed remainder of 2001-02, and 2002-03 due to wrist injury vs. Tampa Bay, November 17, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Farjestad (Sweden), September 22, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 12, 2007. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to shoulder injury at Vancouver, October 13, 2007, February 8, 2008. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to head (October 8, 2009 vs. Calgary) and hand (January 30, 2010 at Calgary) injuries. Loaned to Hershey (AHL) by Edmonton, October 6, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 1, 2012. Missed 2013-14 due to wrist injury in off-ice workout, July 17, 2013 and resulting surgery, July 25, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, July 2, 2015.
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