The Enforcer Is Back!

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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Today was an exciting day for me. Not because I had the day off work, not because it rained and I had an excuse to stay inside and be lazy all day, but because I found out that Jody Shelley is again a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets!  I first learned this while checking my Twitter feed this morning, seeing that our pal, Dave Maetzold, (a Blue Jackets reporter) mentioned it.

Now at first, I was very excited, thinking that Shelley was coming back as a player.  Let’s face facts; the Jackets could still use an enforcer on the team.  But upon further investigation, I discovered that Shelley was retiring and would be joining the team as an ambassador/broadcaster.  I was momentarily disappointed, but I soon snapped out of it as memories of all of Jody Shelley’s fights began running through my head.

For those of you that don’t understand what exactly an enforcer is on a hockey team, it works like this:  the enforcer beats people up.  In Jody Shelley’s case, it didn’t matter whether he was actually on the ice or not, he wasn’t afraid to jump off the bench and serve up a beat down.

If we’re honest, Shelley was never going to win an MVP or anything of the sort, but holy crap was that dude fun to watch.  When Jody Shelley played for the Jackets, he represented the exact sort of attitude that the team is displaying right now.  He was tough, hard-nosed, and was going to out work any other player on the ice.  That sort of blue collar effort is exactly what gave the Blue Jackets the success they had last season.

This was a great move for the Blue Jackets.  I’m not always a fan of giving former players front office jobs just because they played for you at one time or another.  However, in this case, when the player in question epitomizes everything that your team currently stands for, you have to bring him in to show the young players just what is expected out of them.  With this move, the Blue Jackets are adding to the winning culture that was established last year.  Needless to say, I love it!

What say all you fans of the CBJ out there?  Was bringing Shelley back into the fold a good idea?  What are some of your favorite Jody Shelley fights?  Let us know!