Sheldon Souray
Canadian ice hockey player
Sheldon Souray
Sheldon Sharik Souray is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, who originally drafted him 71st overall in 1994, and the Montreal Canadiens. He is best known for his heavy slapshot, once setting a previous unofficial NHL record for the hardest recorded shot at the Oilers' 2009 Skills Competition.
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Season over for Souray after another surgery
Fox News - about 3 years
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing a second surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his right wrist.The news came down on Friday, hours before the Pacific Division leaders take the ice against the Central Division-leading Blackhawks in Chicago
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Sharks look like long shot to catch Ducks
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Former Sharks forward Tony Granato had an interesting way of placing importance on the NHL standings. Riding a nine-game winning streak and sitting second in the overall standings with 59 points in 39 games, Anaheim has done its damage the hard way. Anaheim has played 24 games on the road, going 14-7-3, but the real key is the fact the Ducks no longer have to venture to the Eastern Time Zone, and have only four games remaining as far away as the Central Time Zone. Three of the 17 road games they have left are in Los Angeles, including the Jan. 25 date against the Kings at Dodger Stadium, which is hardly rigorous travel. Anaheim has navigated the league's busiest road schedule despite a spate of early-season injuries, which have improved to the point the Ducks miss only defensemen Sheldon Souray, Luca Sbisa and backup goalie Viktor Fasth. The Sharks face a challenge making up ground on Anaheim, considering after Tuesday's visit to the Southland, they don't play another road game on ...
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Defense falters in loss to Sharks
LATimes - over 3 years
Ducks are outshot, 39-18, and give up four power-play goals in 6-5 exhibition loss to San Jose. The Ducks have defensive issues heading to Wednesday's regular-season opener in Colorado, with veteran Sheldon Souray sidelined for two months and fellow defenseman Luca Sbisa probably out.
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Anaheim Ducks' Sheldon Souray out up to six months
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
The Anaheim Ducks announced Tuesday that Sheldon Souray will miss up to six months after suffering an off-ice wrist injury last month.
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Anson Carter: NHL Playoffs 2013: Picks From Me and Strombo
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Eastern Conference Final #4 Boston Bruins vs. #1 Pittsburgh Penguins (Bruins lead series 3-0) You know what separates professional athletes from weekend warriors? Mental toughness and ego. Pros know they can push their bodies past the point of exhaustion, that will leave weekend warriors begging for their couch, remote, and a cold drink. I laughed every time my neighbours would come up to me and say "I just love the way X is as a person because he's so humble and down to Earth." That "aw-shucks" act is a gimmick 99.9% of the time. In reality, pros are more ruthless and have the mentality that they would do whatever it takes to win. Boston is displaying both of those traits in this series, and that is the reason we are seeing them up 3-0. After coming off that thrilling 7 game victory over Toronto, the Bs only appear to be getting stronger. They have been blocking out fatigue and it seems as if they are actually feeding off of it. Remember when Pittsburgh forward ...
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Replacements named for Abdelkader, Lydman
USA Today - almost 4 years
Mikael Samuelsson joining Red Wings lineup, Sheldon Souray playing for Ducks
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Nyqust's OT winner helps Red Wings even series with Ducks
Fox News - almost 4 years
Gustav Nyquist's first career playoff goal came 1:21 into overtime to help the Detroit Red Wings take a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.Detroit had blown a three-goal lead in the third period, but went into overtime on the power play as Sheldon Souray was whistled for slashing with 38 seconds to play in regulation
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Souray leads Ducks past Blackhawks
Fox News - almost 4 years
Sheldon Souray scored the game-winner with 2:08 to play as the Anaheim Ducks took a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
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Ducks Rally Past Blackhawks 4-2
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- While the Chicago Blackhawks captured the sports world's attention with their record start to the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks cruised right along behind them, waiting for their chance to seize the spotlight. When that opportunity arrived late in the third period Wednesday night, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne absolutely nailed it. Getzlaf set up Bobby Ryan's tying goal and Selanne's tiebreaker 1:04 apart in the waning minutes, and the Ducks rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chicago in a meeting of the NHL's top two teams. Jonas Hiller stopped 22 shots, and Peter Holland and Sheldon Souray scored as the Ducks extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 13 games in dramatic fashion. Anaheim (22-3-4) pulled within three points of Chicago atop the overall NHL standings by dealing the Blackhawks just their third regulation loss of the season. "It means a lot," said Ryan, who scored his ninth goal of the season. "They've made a sta ...
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Ducks deal Sharks 1st loss in regulation
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Ducks deal Sharks 1st loss in regulation Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:22 pm, Monday, February 4, 2013 Saku Koivu scored the tying goal early in the third period, defenseman Sheldon Souray netted the winner with 6:39 left, and rookie Viktor Fasth made 25 saves as the Ducks beat San Jose 2-1 on Monday night. San Jose's Thomas Greiss, returning to the site of his NHL debut in January 2008, stopped Anaheim's first 24 shots as he nursed a 1-0 lead created by Logan Couture's first-period goal. The tide turned in the third period when Sharks center Tommy Wingels attempted a clearing pass around the boards in his end, but didn't get the puck to defenseman Brad Stuart.
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Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign Nicklas Grossmann, Solidify Defense
SB Nation Philly - almost 5 years
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann signed a four-year contract extension today worth $14 million, with a cap hit of $3.5 million. Since being acquired from the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline, Grossmann has floated up and down - and out - of the Flyers lineup, eventually settling in next to Braydon Coburn and against the opposition's top lines before being knocked out by the Penguins' Joe Vitale on Sunday. Now, he joins Coburn as the latest defenseman to get a new contract with the club. Grossmann - now with 100 percent more 'n' - is the type of defender Flyers fans love; big, physical, and imposing. He hits people, blocks shots and kills penalties. He doesn't have much offense - three career goals, with a career-high 12 points three seasons ago - but he makes up for it with defense. Sometimes, though, that defense can be difficult to quantify. For the past two seasons, Grossman (then with 50 percent as much 'n') was half of Dallas ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sheldon Souray
  • 2016
    Age 39
    Souray married former professional wrestler Barbara Blank, better known as Kelly Kelly, in February 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Souray is co-owner, along with former New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur and Montreal restaurateur Andrea Dell'Orefice, of a Rivière-des-Prairies pizzeria.
  • 2015
    Age 38
    He appeared on their roster until he announced his retirement on June 30, 2015 after two years of being an unrestricted free agent.
    More Details Hide Details Souray was born in Elk Point, Alberta, to Richard Souray and Lillian Parenteau. He is of Métis descent and has one sister, two years older. At a young age, Souray moved with his family from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement to a small community in Alberta in order for his sister to attend school. In another two years, they moved again so that Souray could play organized sports. While still in elementary school, Souray's parents divorced; he first lived with his mother before moving in with his father at age nine. Growing up, he attended Archbishop O'Leary Catholic High School with former fellow Oiler Fernando Pisani.
  • 2014
    Age 37
    As of January 2014, Souray is on the injured reserve list with a shoulder/wrist injury.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    His final point of the regular season, an assist in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 17, 2013, was also a personal milestone for Souray, his 300th career NHL point.
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    He also continued to use his powerful shot to the tune of seven goals and ten assists in 44 games as the Ducks qualified for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details For Souray, this was the first time since 2005–06 that he was part of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, he remained healthy and carried his strong defensive play over from Dallas, posting a career-best plus-minus rating of +19.
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    On July 1, 2012, Souray signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
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    Souray's unofficial shot was not surpassed until January 28, 2012, by Chára, whose 108.8 mph slapshot in the Skills Competition preceding the 2012 All-Star Game beat Souray's blast and set the official record.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    He finished the 2011–12 season with six goals, 15 assists and 21 points in 64 games.
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    Despite missing a handful of games after sustaining an ankle injury blocking a shot in a December 23, 2011, win over the Nashville Predators, he had returned to the Dallas lineup by early January and was again a contributing member of their blueline corps.
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    On November 4, 2011, Souray reached a milestone when he scored the 100th NHL goal of his career in a 7–6 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
    More Details Hide Details Fittingly, it was a power play goal scored with a slapshot. Souray earned the respect of fans, teammates and local media in Dallas very quickly for his physical style of play and booming shot, and restored some of the goodwill that had been lost due to his spat with the Oilers. Most importantly, Souray was regularly healthy again.
    After becoming a free agent, Souray was signed by the Dallas Stars on July 1, 2011, to a one-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details Having recovered from his injuries, Souray made a successful comeback with the Stars, taking on more of a defensive role than in the recent past, particularly at even strength. However, he continued to still see plenty of ice time on the power play, where his slapshot could wreak havoc for opposing goaltenders, and was encouraged to use his shot as before. The Stars, meanwhile, while recognizing Souray's physical style, also openly declared that in order to preserve his health, they did not want him fighting very often, although they did not go so far as to dictate directly for him to never do so.
    Finally, in the summer of 2011, Edmonton bought-out the fifth and final year of Souray's contract.
    More Details Hide Details This allowed Souray to become a free agent and again pursue playing at the NHL level with another team.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    On October 6, 2010, Souray was assigned to the American Hockey League (AHL), being loaned to the Washington Capitals' minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
    More Details Hide Details Souray accepted his demotion to the minors and posted a solid AHL season, as he battled and slowly recovered from his nagging injuries. Leading up to the NHL trade deadline, the Oilers once again placed Souray on waivers in a second attempt to unload his salary. However, NHL teams still had the same concerns about Souray's high salary and injury risk, so he cleared waivers a second time and remained under contract to Edmonton as relations between Souray and the Edmonton camp remained testy at best.
    During the 2010 off-season, citing irreconcilable differences with Oiler management due to their handling of his various ailments, Souray requested a trade out of Edmonton.
    More Details Hide Details The Oilers responded angrily, and a nasty media exchange followed, with the team ultimately placing Souray on waivers in the hope that he would be claimed by another NHL team so that Edmonton would no longer be on the hook for the remainder of his contract. However, due to his high salary and previous year's injuries, few NHL teams were willing to take such a large financial risk on a player who might not be 100% healthy, talented as he may be. Souray cleared waivers without being claimed, and was told by management not to attend the Oilers' training camp.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    Three games into the season, Souray suffered a concussion after Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla checked him into the boards head-first on October 8, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The injury, coupled with a hand injury (and subsequent infection) sustained when Souray fought Iginla during a rematch of the teams, limited him to just 37 games, with Souray scoring just four goals and 13 points in the campaign.
    But during the Oilers' own 2009 Skills Competition, on January 4, Souray set the then-unofficial NHL record for the hardest shot.
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    He was best known for his heavy slapshot, once setting a previous unofficial NHL record for the hardest recorded shot at the Oilers' 2009 Skills Competition.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    Souray also earned a humorous nickname during his strong 2008–09 season, when during the third period of a 5–2 victory over the Dallas Stars on December 3, 2008, the Stars' broadcast team referred to Souray as the "Studly Wonderbomb" as a recognition of his slapshot's prowess.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009–10 injuries resurfaced.
    But in 2008–09, he bounced back from the injury-shortened campaign to record 23 goals and 53 points and once again become an NHL All-Star.
    More Details Hide Details He finished third in the hardest shot competition that year, clocking in at 102.3 mph, behind Shea Weber (103.4) of the Nashville Predators, and winner Zdeno Chára (105.4) of the Boston Bruins.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    In the off-season, Souray became an unrestricted free agent and, on July 12, 2007, he signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers, his favourite team growing up.
    More Details Hide Details However, his debut season with the Oilers was not the dream he imagined, as injuries limited him to only 26 games played. Already recovering from a shoulder injury when he entered training camp, Souray played through it, but reinjured the shoulder just six games into the season in a fight, and missed the next 55 games.
    Entering into the 2007 off-season, it was clear that Souray would be one of the top available defencemen as an unrestricted free agent.
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    On April 5, 2007, Souray broke the NHL single-season record for most powerplay goals scored by a defenceman with his 19th of the season.
    More Details Hide Details The record was previously shared by Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders (1974–75) and Adrian Aucoin of the Vancouver Canucks (1998–99). Souray was named to his second NHL All-Star Game that season, this time as a starter, and posted the second-hardest slapshot at the Skills Competition with a 100. mph shot, finishing as runner-up to event winner Zdeno Chára (100.4 mph). It was a banner year for Souray, as he led all NHL defencemen in goals and finished third in points, behind only Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Gonchar.
  • 2006
    Age 29
    Clocked at 106.7 mph, his slapshot beat Chad Kilger's old unofficial record of 106.6 mph set at the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2006 Skills Competition.
    More Details Hide Details The record was deemed unofficial, however, as the League does not recognize individual team Skills Competitions and instead goes by the NHL All-Star Game's Skills Competition results.
    It was so successful that season, Souray even used it in a shootout as a decoy in a December 2, 2006 game.
    More Details Hide Details That goal, scored on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft in the shootout, stood as the eventual winner in a 4–3 Montreal victory.
    However, in 2006–07, Souray emerged as a top-tier defence man in the NHL with a career-best 26 goals, 38 assists and 64 points, placing second in team-scoring in both goals and points, and third in assists, a remarkable achievement for a defenceman.
    More Details Hide Details His slapshot's reputation continued to grow throughout the League, to the point it could inspire fear in opposing players.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    Souray returned from the lockout to post a successful 2005–06, with 12 goals and a new career best 39 points.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played for Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elitserien, and even had the chance to represent his home country internationally by playing for Team Canada in the 2005 IIHF World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the lockout, this tournament featured a much higher percentage than usual of NHL players, of which Souray was one.
    During this season, he participated in the 2004 All-Star Game for the first time, and shared a win in the Skills Competition's hardest shot contest.
    More Details Hide Details Both he and Adrian Aucoin recorded blasts of 102.2 mph in the event.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    However, in 2003–04, Souray returned to play for the Canadiens and had a breakout season, amassing a surprising 15 goals and 35 points.
    More Details Hide Details He had exceeded expectations with the sudden development of his offensive game, especially given his reputation as a defence-first rearguard throughout his NHL career up to that point. This was of course possible because his powerful slapshot had returned along with his health, he was using his shot more often than ever before, and the Canadiens were giving him plenty of scoring opportunities by using him on the power play and increasing his overall ice time.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    Souray was married to former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges from 2002 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters.
    The severity of the wrist injury kept him out the entire 2002–03 season while he recovered and regained his strength.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    He got off to a good start in 2001–02, threatening to surpass his previous offensive highs, as he tallied three goals and five assists in just 34 games while fighting through an injury-plagued campaign. 2001–02 also saw him record his first career power play goal, as the Canadiens began to realize the value of having a player on the point who could consistently shoot the puck as hard as Souray.
    More Details Hide Details However, he suffered a wrist injury that plagued him throughout the year, and though he would play through it much of the season, Souray would eventually shut it down at the end of the season.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    In 2000–01, injuries limited him to just 52 games, 19 less than the previous year, but Souray still managed to match his previous season's career bests in goals (3), assists (8) and points.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    Souray played in New Jersey from 1997 to midway through the 1999–2000 season, earning a reputation as a big, steady, physical defender with a mean streak and a hard shot.
    More Details Hide Details However, with the Devils preparing to make their Stanley Cup run late in the 1999–2000 season and believing they needed more offence from the blue line, Souray was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on March 1, 2000, in exchange for Vladimir Malakhov. Souray's offence began to improve following his trade to the Canadiens. At the time of his trade from the Devils, he had just eight points, all assists. He finished with three goals in 19 games as a Canadien to tie his career best for goals in a season, and establish a new career best for points (11) in 71 combined games. More importantly, he began using his dangerous shot more often once he arrived in Montreal.
    He scored his first NHL goal on a powerful slapshot late in a December 16, 1997, game against the rival New York Rangers to break a 3–3 tie late in the third period and send the Devils to a 4–3 win.
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  • 1994
    Age 17
    Before playing in the NHL, Sheldon was a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Traders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He was drafted in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in the third round, 71st overall, by the New Jersey Devils, where he made his NHL debut in the 1997–98 season.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his rookie season with modest scoring totals of three goals and ten points in 60 games, but most importantly established that he was capable of being an NHL regular.
  • 1976
    Born on July 13, 1976.
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