Friday, August 09, 2013
Jody Shelley decided last month that the time was right to retire after three years of junior hockey, four years in the minors and 11 years in the NHL. He was ready to hang up the gloves after more than 1,500 minutes in the penalty box. Now, he is coming home. Shelley, who played for the Blue Jackets from 2000 to ’08, is rejoining the organization, this time in a front-office capacity. The announcement could come as soon as today. “The job sounds like a little bit of media and a little bit of everything else,” Shelley said last night. “It’s exciting for me.” In part, Shelley will fill a void left by the semi-retirement of radio voice George Matthews, who will call only a limited number of games next season. Bob McElligott will slide over to the play-by-play chair, and Shelley will handle some of the color commentator work for home games.