Former Albany River Rats defenseman Sheldon Souray, one of the best scoring defenseman with perhaps one of the hardest shots in the NHL, is currently starring for the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
Along with that hard shot from the point, Souray has been known to mix it up as well, accumulating 1,020 PIM in his NHL career. Souray’s career high in goals came with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2006-07 campaign where he scored 26. In his last full season in Edmonton, Sheldon scored 23 goals for the Oilers in 2008-09.
Souray who played in Albany from 1994-98 is only four away from 100 career goals, with 96. While in Albany Souray was a part of the River Rats Calder Cup winning club in 1994-95, skating in seven contests and picking up two assists and eight penalty minutes. There was also one game in Albany where Souray scored with a blast from beyond the red line, which was a signal of things to come. During the 1996-97 season with the Rats, Souray totaled his career high for PIM with 160 in 70 games.
This season amid contract squabbles, cap issues and injury concerns, Souray finds himself on the Hershey blue line on loan from the Oilers, essentially taking the place of his ex-Rats teammate Bryan Helmer. Through nine games thus far he has five points on five assists and 17 PIM for the Bears. So fans in Albany will no doubt be reminded of that vaunted howitzer from the point and Souray’s toughness when he makes his return to Albany for the first time in 12 years.
Souray bludgeoning an Adirondack player, some things never change:
The vaunted Souray Slapshot!: