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Born April 25, 1988 (1988-04-25) (age 21),
Lower Sackville, NS, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2006
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2007 – present

James Sheppard (born April 25, 1988 in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian ice hockey player, currently playing for the Minnesota Wild in the NHL.

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Playing career

After growing up playing hockey in Hockey Nova Scotia's minor hockey system, Sheppard played for the Dartmouth Subways of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.[1] (NSMMHL) in 2003–2004. He grew up in his elementary and junior high years attending Cavalier Drive School in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. In his rookie season with the Subways, Sheppard scored 92 points in 61 games. That following summer, Sheppard was drafted 1st overall in the QMJHL draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.[2] As the season progressed, Sheppard represented Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Championship. Sheppard wore the honour of team captain and scored 10 points in 6 games, leading his team to a bronze medal. Sheppard eventually finished the 2004–2005 QMJHL season 4th in team scoring with 45 points. In January 2006, Sheppard was one of ten QMJHL participants to represent Team Orr in the CHL Top Prospects game, where he recorded one assist. Sheppard went on to finish the 2005–2006 QMJHL season 2nd in team scoring with 84 points. Sheppard wore the honour of team captain for the 2006–2007 season but was left off the roster of Team Canada for the 2006 IIHF World Under-20 Hockey Championship. Sheppard was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (9th overall) in the 2006 NHL draft.[3]

Personal life

  • Lived with Darby Hendrickson in the 2007-2008 season for his rookie year.
  • James Sheppard wore number 15 for the size of his shoe/skate, but was forced to switch numbers for the Wild because of current occupation by Andrew Brunette. Sheppard is now number 51.
  • In addition to hockey James Sheppard also excelled at basketball throughout his highschool days.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Dartmouth Subways NSMMHL 61 38 54 92 46
2004–05 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 65 14 31 45 40 5 1 3 4 2
2004–05 Team Atlantic U-17 6 6 4 10 6
2005–06 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 66 30 54 84 78 9 2 5 7 12
2006–07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 56 33 63 96 62 16 8 12 20 14
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 4 15 19 29 6 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 5 19 24 41
NHL totals 160 9 34 43 70 6 0 1 1 4

References & External links

  1. ^ Hockey Draft.ca. "Player's Profile James Sheppard". http://hockeydraft.ca/players/james-sheppard.aspx. Retrieved March 18 2010. 
  2. ^ Hockey's Future.com. "Player's Profile James Sheppard". http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect/james_sheppard. Retrieved March 18 2010. 
  3. ^ NHL.com. "Player's Profile James Sheppard". http://wild.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473536&view=bio. Retrieved March 18 2010. 
Preceded by
Benoit Pouliot
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Colton Gillies







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