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OILERS BOLSTER THEIR BLUELINE

Thursday, 12.07.2007 / 2:24 PM / News
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OILERS BOLSTER THEIR BLUELINE
Sheldon Souray played in his second NHL All-Star Game in January 2007.
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Sheldon Souray on a five-year deal, securing the heavily coveted defenceman’s services through the 2011-12 season.

  • Follow the link to view video of Souray's 26 goals scored from last season


  • The 6’4” native of Elk Point, Alberta joins the Oilers after spending the past six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.  Last season, Souray led the Canadiens in power-play goals with 19 and penalty minutes with 135, while ranking second in goals (26) and points (64).   His 26 goals led all NHL defencemen, six ahead of second ranked Dan Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He also led all NHL defencemen (tied with Vancouver’s Sami Salo) with six game-winning goals.

    Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “With the addition of Sheldon, we solidify our defence in a big way and also answer some of the issues regarding scoring and toughness.  Sheldon’s game has consistently improved and we’re going to rely on him in many different situations.”

    Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 71st overall), Souray has compiled 186 points (66-120-186) including 821 penalty minutes in 506 career NHL games.  In 34 career playoff games, Souray has recorded 10 points (3-7-10) with 65 penalty minutes.

    “I’m heading home to Alberta and I can’t wait to step onto the ice at Rexall Place”, said Souray.  “It’s always been a terrific building to play in.  I couldn’t be happier with my decision and I can tell you it was an easy one to make.  I’m looking forward to playing in Edmonton for a great organization and believe me, I know how good the fans in Edmonton are.”

    The 30-year-old will celebrate his 31st birthday tomorrow, July 13th.

    Souray's Career Statistics:
      Regular Season Playoffs
    Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM

    1992-93 Tri City WHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
    1993-94 Tri City WHL 42 3 6 9 122 -- -- -- -- --
    1994-95 Tri City WHL 40 2 24 26 140 -- -- -- -- --
    1994-95 Prince George WHL 11 2 3 5 23 -- -- -- -- --
    1994-95 Albany AHL 7 0 2 2 8 -- -- -- -- --
    1995-96 Prince George WHL 32 9 18 27 91 -- -- -- -- --
    1995-96 Kelowna WHL 27 7 20 27 94 6 0 5 5 2
    1995-96 Albany AHL 6 0 2 2 12 4 0 1 1 4
    1996-97 Albany AHL 70 2 11 13 160 16 2 3 5 47
    1997-98 Albany AHL 6 0 0 0 8 -- -- -- -- --
    1997-98 New Jersey NHL 60 3 7 10 85 3 0 1 1 2
    1998-99 New Jersey NHL 70 1 7 8 110 2 0 1 1 0
    1999-00 New Jersey NHL 52 0 8 8 70 -- -- -- -- --
    1999-00 Montreal NHL 19 3 0 3 44 -- -- -- -- --
    2000-01 Montreal NHL 52 3 8 11 95 -- -- -- -- --
    2001-02 Montreal NHL 34 3 5 8 62 12 0 1 1 16
    2003-04 Montreal NHL 63 15 20 35 104 11 0 2 2 39
    2004-05 Farjestads BK SEL 39 9 8 17 117 15 1 6 7 77
    2005-06 Montreal NHL 75 12 27 39 116 6 3 2 5 8
    2006-07 Montreal NHL 81 26 38 64 135 -- -- -- -- --

      NHL Totals   506 66 120 186 821 34 3 7 10 65
    INSIDE THE OILERS