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Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27--Ray Sheppard

Ray Sheppard

Selected in third round by Buffalo Sabres, number 60 overall in the 1984 NHL Draft.

Sheppard began his NHL career in the 1987-88 season in Buffalo, where he played three seasons. His first season saw him collect 65 points and earn NHL all-rookie team honours. The Sabres traded him to the New York Rangers in 1990 where he played just one season before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. It was in "Hockey Town" where he enjoyed his most success. During the 1993-94 season, he had career highs in goals (52), assists (41), and points (93), in 82 games.
Sheppard was on the move once again in 1995 when the Red Wings traded him to the San Jose Sharks for Igor Larionov. During the same season, he was traded once again as the Sharks sent him to the Florida Panthers, a team looking to bolster its offence for their first playoff appearance in club history. With Sheppard's help, the Panthers make it to the Stanley Cup finals against the Colorado Avalanche, only to be swept in four straight games.
Sheppard stayed in Florida for the next few seasons before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for the 1998-99 season. He later headed back to the Panthers for the last two seasons and retired in 2001 with 657 career points.

Sheppard has been named the 2nd best golfer amongst athletes (of sports other than golf) by Golf Digest. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Panthers Alumni Association.
1987-2000Buffalo, NYR, Detroit,
S.J., Florida, Carolina
1988-1999BUF, DET, FLO, CAR8130205021

Received these blue ink signed cards TTM.

1 comment:

  1. His auto is much nicer on your cards than his BAP signature from '97, you can't really make out his name on the BAP cards.