My Career Change: Jody Shelley’s Career After Hockey
When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”
In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former professional hockey player, Jody Shelley. Most know Shelley from his time in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
What teams did you play for?
St. John Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
New York Rangers
What industry did you change careers to?
Broadcasting, Color Analyst
How did you get into your new career?
Approached CBJ after realizing I was done. Really only option was broadcasting, I wasn’t sold but John Davidson (hall of fame broadcaster and current president of Blue Jackets Hockey Operations) encouraged and sold me on the position. Haven’t looked back, love it!
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Being outside of a closed dressing room door, sharing a pre-practice laugh or being part of a group, pushing and grinding together day after day.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
No stitches in 4 years … Knock on wood.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Stay engaged in the league, don’t fall off the grid too far. Organizations keep moving forward and it helps to be proactive and jump into any opportunity right away. It might not be there in 6 months.
Where can you follow Jody?
You can follow Jody on Twitter @shelleyhawk45