James Sheppard
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 04/25/1988
DRAFTED: MIN: 2006-9 overall
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Missed 2010-11 and majority of 2011-12 due to off-season knee injury, September 4. 2010. Traded to San Jose by Minnesota for San Jose's 3rd round choice (Kurtis Gabriel) in 2013 Entry Draft, August 7, 2011. Traded to NY Rangers by San Jose for a 4th round choice in 2016 Entry Draft, March 1, 2015.
2013-14: Named the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for Feb./March. Tallied two assists on March 27 vs. Winnipeg. Scored for the second-straight game on March 24 at Calgary. Scored a goal on March 22 vs. Washington. Tallied two helpers on March 14 at NY Islanders. Registered two assists on March 11 vs. Toronto. Recorded 1-4=5 during a career-high five-game point streak from Feb. 5 vs. Dallas thru March 4 vs. Carolina. Scored a goal on Feb. 28 at Buffalo. Tallied an assist on Jan. 2 vs. Edmonton. Recorded a fighting major (Klein) on Dec. 15 at Nashville. Scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 27 at Ottawa. Registered his first assist of the season on Oct. 10 at Vancouver. Playoffs: Finished T-2nd on the team in points (6) and goals (2) and T-1st in assists (4). Led the team with 35 hits. Scored a goal in Game 6 of the WCFR at Los Angeles onApril 28. Had a team-high nine hits in Game 5 vs. Los Angeles on April 26. Scored his first career playoff goal to go along with a plus-1 rating in Game 4 at Los Angeles on April 24.

2012-13: Selected as the Sharks 2013 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. 5th on the team in hits (63). His game-winning goal on March 25 at Anaheim was his first as a Shark and first since scoring on Dec. 11, 2009 at Calgary (with Minnesota). Registered his first point since March 26, 2010 (vs. Detroit with Minnesota) with an assist on Feb. 5 vs. Chicago. Played in his first NHL game since April 8, 2010 (at Calgary with Minnesota) on Jan. 22. During the work stoppage, he played in Worcester (AHL) and was 2nd on the team in points (8-15=23) including 12 points (5-7=12) in his last ten games. Missed two full NHL seasons due to injury. Playoffs: 3rd on the team in hits (35) in 11 games. 2011-12: Missed entire NHL season due to injury. Appeared in four games in Worcester on a conditioning assignment from Feb. 28-March 6. Did not record a point and had a +1 plus/minus rating.

2010-11: Missed entire season due to injury.

2009-10: Posted six points (2-4=6) and 38 PIM in 64 games in his third season with Wild. Notched five points (2-3=5) in 12-game span from Nov. 12 – Dec. 11. Had an assist in back-to-back games (Nov. 20 –Nov. 25). Registered five hits and fighting major vs. Vancouver on Feb. 14. Skated in 200th NHL game on Jan. 21 vs. Detroit. Scored a goal at Nashville on Dec. 5. Logged seasonhigh 18:48 in ice time at Vancouver on Oct. 17.

2008-09: One of two players to appear in all 82 games (Miettinen), totaling 24 points (5-19=24) and 41 PIM. Posted eight points (1-7=8) in season’s final 11 games. Tied career high with two assists vs. Nashville on April 10. Registered a three-game point streak (1-2=3) from March 26 – March 29 to tie career high. Tallied a goal and +2 at Calgary on March 28. Registered an assist and career-high +3 at Anaheim on March 8. Tied career-high with two assists and points vs. Ottawa on Feb. 14. Logged career-high 20:07 of ice time on Dec. 20 at St. Louis. Notched three shots and five hits in 19:16 of ice time at Phoenix on Dec. 11. Scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 24 vs. Washington.

2007-08: Compiled 19 points (4-15=19) while skating in Wild rookie record 78 games.  Made NHL debut on Oct. 10 vs. Edmonton. Collected first NHL point (assist) at Calgary on Oct. 24. Tallied first NHL goal at Edmonton on Oct. 25 off Dwayne Roloson. Skated 15:28 at Colorado on Nov. 11. Notched first career two-point game (two assists) vs. Colorado on Nov. 18. Registered a goal and an assist on Nov. 28 vs. Phoenix. Tied career-high with two assists at Detroit on Jan. 10. Scored first career game-winning goal on Jan. 13 vs. Phoenix. Collected four points (1-3=4) during threegame point streak from Jan. 10 - 13. Recorded seasonhigh five shots on goal in 11:32 of ice-time at Chicago on Feb. 20. Played season-high 17:28 at Atlanta on March 7. Skated in 76 straight games (Oct. 10 –March 26). Was even or plus in season’s final 13 games. Playoffs: Appeared in all six games against Colorado in his first trip to the NHL Playoffs collecting an assist and four PIM. Made NHL Playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Colorado on April 9. Collected first point, an assist, and was +1 in Game 5 vs. Colorado on April 17.

2006-07: Generated 96 points (33-63=96) in 56 games for Cape Breton (QMJHL), despite being sidelined for first 12 games of season with an injury. Racked up 27 points (9-18=27) in final 15 regular season games. Registered 20 points (8-12=20) in 16 playoff contests. Named a 2007 QMJHL Second Team All-Star.

2005-06: Tallied 84 points (30- 54=84) and 78 PIM for Cape Breton. Ranked second on the team in points (84) and first in assists (54). Was selected to the QMJHL All-Star Team for the 2005-06 Canadian/Russian Challenge.

2004-05: Recorded 45 points (14-31=45) and 40 PIM as a Cape Breton rookie.

PERSONAL: “Shep” or “B-Hank” lists these favorites: Cheese (food); Sailing (offseason activity); Ping-pong (sport besides hockey); Usain Bolt (athlete); Matrix (movie); Family Guy (TV show); Neil Young (musician); Hawaii (vacation spot); The Chicken Burger in Halifax (restaurant); Peter Forsberg (hockey idol); Playing for Team Atlantic (hockey moment); Vancouver (road city); Detroit Red Wings (non-Sharks jersey). Has the hidden talent of being a very good badminton player. First job was shoveling driveways. If he could hang out with one person in history he would want to play ping pong with Alex Stalock. If faced with the situation of fighting one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, he would want to fight one horse-sized duck. Says that Denzel Washington would be an ideal choice to star in a movie about his life. Can’t live without a pair of wellfitting britches. Says playing Sackville Minor Hockey from the age of 7-14 was the biggest influence on his hockey career. Says Andrew Desjardins is the smartest teammate and also the best to double-date with.