Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ray Sheppard
After Ray Sheppard was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1984 Entry Draft, he and his agent decided not to sign a contract in order to stay in junior and improve with his OHL team, the Cornwall Royals. It almost didn't pay off. The next season saw his production and games played drop considerably. Talk of a contract still loomed, but this season was not what Sheppard knew he was capable of. For 1985-86, he focused on his specialty?scoring goals. He led the OHL that season in goals with 81 and points with 142. By season's end, he was awarded the Red Tilson trophy as the league's most valuable player. Now he could talk contract with the Sabres.

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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A 48 27 36 63 81
1983-84 Cornwall Royals OHL 68 44 36 80 69
1984-85 Cornwall Royals OHL 49 25 33 58 51 9 2 12 14 4
1985-86 Cornwall Royals OHL 63 81 61 142 25 6 7 4 11 0
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 55 18 13 31 11 15 12 3 15 2
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 38 27 65 14 -6 6 1 1 2 2
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 22 21 43 15 -7 1 0 1 1 0
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 4 2 6 0 +3
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 5 8 2 17 8 7 15 9
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 59 24 23 47 21 +8
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 36 26 62 27 +7 11 6 2 8 4
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 32 34 66 29 +7 7 2 3 5 0
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 52 41 93 26 +13 7 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 30 10 40 17 +11 17 4 3 7 5
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 2 2 4 2 0
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 51 27 19 46 10 -19
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 14 8 2 10 4 0 21 8 8 16 4
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 68 29 31 60 4 +4 5 2 0 2 0
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 61 14 17 31 21 -13
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 4 2 6 2 +2
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 25 33 58 16 +4 6 5 1 6 2
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 47 10 10 20 4 -4
2000-01 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 13 13 4 17 0 4 3 3 6 2
NHL Totals 817 357 300 657 212 81 30 20 50 21


OHL First All-Star Team (1986)
OHL MVP (1986)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1988)
Missed majority of 1989-90 due to ankle injury vs. Quebec, January 31, 1990. Traded to NY Rangers by Buffalo for cash and future considerations, July 9, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 5, 1991. Traded to San Jose by Detroit for Igor Larionov, October 24, 1995. Traded to Florida by San Jose with San Jose's 4th round choice (Joey Tetarenko) in 1996 Entry Draft for Florida's 2nd (later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Geoff Peters) and 4th (Matt Bradley) round choices in 1996 Entry Draft, March 16, 1996. Traded to Carolina by Florida for Kirk McLean, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Florida, November 15, 1999.