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Born March 5, 1968 (1968-03-05) (age 41),
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues
Växjö Lakers Hockey
NHL Draft 166th overall, 1988
Edmonton Oilers
Career 1990 – 2005

Shjon Podein (born March 5, 1968 in Rochester, Minnesota) is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and over the course of a 699-game NHL career.

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Playing career

Podein graduated from John Marshall High School in 1986. He then made the leap collegiate hockey playing with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA. Podein was drafted after his freshman year in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, 166th overall by the Edmonton Oilers.

Podein made his professional debut in the 1990–91 season with the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL. Shjon made his NHL debut in the 1992–93 season with the Oilers but was returned to Cape Breton, going on to win the Calder Cup. Over the next season Podein saw limited time with the big club and was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on July 27, 1994.

With the Flyers, Podein flourished into first rate penalty-killer and checking forward. Podein played 5 seasons and over 300 games with Philadelphia, culminating in a Stanley Cup finals defeat against the Detroit Red Wings in 1997.

On November 12, 1998, Podein was traded by the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche for Keith Jones.[1] Podein assumed his role as top penalty-killer on the Avalanche. Whilst helping Colorado capture the Stanley Cup in the 2000–01 season, Shjon also had career high in goals (15) and tied a career high 32 points. After winning game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, Shjon is often remembered for wearing his uniform for a full 25 hours after the game.[2]

In the following 2001–02 season, Podein was traded by the Avalanche to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Keane on February 11, 2002.[3] Shjon played his last NHL season in 2002–03 before finishing his career in Europe with Växjö Lakers Hockey and Asian team HC Nikko Icebucks.

Away from the ice, Shjon set up the "Shjon Podein Children's Foundation". Podein was noted for his immense dedication to charity work and youth hockey programs. As a result Podein was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2001.[4]

Podein did "Let's play hockey" for the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 19, 2008. [5]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 30 4 4 8 48
1988–89 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 36 7 5 12 46
1989–90 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 35 21 18 39 36
1990–91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 63 14 15 29 65 4 0 0 0 5
1991–92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 80 30 24 54 46 5 3 1 4 2
1992–93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 38 18 21 39 32 9 2 2 4 29
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 13 6 19 25
1993–94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 5 4 4 8 4
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 3 5 8 8
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 3 7 10 33 15 1 3 4 10
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 15 10 25 89 12 1 2 3 50
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 14 18 32 41 19 4 3 7 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 11 13 24 53 5 0 0 0 10
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 2 6 8 24 19 1 1 2 12
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 11 8 19 29 17 5 0 5 8
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 15 17 32 68 23 2 3 5 14
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 6 6 12 39
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 2 4 6 2 10 0 0 0 6
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 4 6 10 28 7 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Växjö Lakers Swe-1 33 11 16 27 52 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Växjö Lakers Swe-1 29 9 12 21 38 1 0 0 0 25
2005–06 HC Nikko Icebucks ALH 26 7 7 14 55
NHL totals 699 100 106 206 439 127 14 13 27 132

International play

Played for United States in:

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International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1993 United States WC 6 1 3 4 8
1994 United States WC 8 3 1 4 14
1998 United States WC 4 0 0 0 4
Senior int'l totals 18 4 4 8 26

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Preceded by
Curtis Joseph
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
2001
Succeeded by
Ron Francis

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