Sheldon Souray Retires

Sheldon Souray, who spent 2000 to 2007 with the Montreal Canadiens has announced that his long professional hockey career has come to an end. Souray was drafted in 1994 by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round, and made his National Hockey League debut in the 1997-98 season. During his career he has played with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, and most recently the Anaheim Ducks.

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After being drafted, Souray spent one more year in the Western Hockey League before being assigned to the Albany Devils – the American Hockey League affiliates of the New Jersey Devils. In December of 1997, Souray scored his first career NHL goal which went on to be the game winner against the New York Rangers. He finished his rookie season with 3 goals and 7 assists in 60 games. Souray would play nearly three full seasons with the Devils, recording 19 points in 182 games for the team.

In March, 2000, the Devils traded Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf, and a 2001 second round pick (later traded) to the Montreal Canadiens for an offensive defenceman in Vladimir Malakhov. That 2nd round pick acquired by Montreal was traded to Washington in a deal that saw the pick, Trevor Linden and Dainius Zubrus depart Montreal, and a 1st round pick, Richard Zednik, and Jan Bulis land in Montreal.

Souray spent the remainder of the 2000 season with Montreal until the conclusion of the 2006-07 season. In 324 games with the Habs, Souray really increased his offensive contributions from his time in New Jersey with 160 points. The 2006-07 campaign was Souray’s highest point total with 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points in 81 games. 64 points put the assistant captain second on the team in scoring behind only Saku Koivu.

In the off-season in 2007, Souray signed a five-year deal worth approximately $5.4-million per year with the Edmonton Oilers who was the team he grew up supporting. Souray only spent three seasons with the Oilers which was injury plagued. A shoulder injury along with a concussion would see him only play 144 games over three years and his points production decrease since his time in Montreal.

In 2011, the Oilers bought out Souray and he signed a one year deal with the Dallas Stars. Coaching staff mainly used him in a defensive defenceman role as well as seeing power-play ice time. He finished his only season in Dallas with 21 points in 64 regular season games.

Souray agreed to a deal with the Anaheim Ducks in 2012 but would only play 44 games in the 2012-13 season due to more injuries. A combination of wrist and shoulder injuries has kept Souray out of the line-up since his last game on May 12th, 2013 in a playoff match against the Detroit Red Wings.

Souray played in the All-Star game three times and earned the hardest shot in the skills competition twice. He held the Habs record for most points in a game by a defenceman with six, and a couple team records in Edmonton. On the international level, Souray represented Canada at the World Championships in 2011, coming home with a silver medal. Today, Souray along with long time NHL great Martin Brodeur own a pizzeria restaurant in Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles.

All About The Habs would like to thank Sheldon Souray for his contributions to Montreal during his time with the Canadiens. Congratulations on a long career and we wish Souray the best of luck in his future endeavors during his retirement.

Re-live some of memories of Souray with the Habs below:

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