On today's episode of Spittin' Chiclets, former NHL enforcer Jody Shelley joined us for a lengthy and entertaining interview that went over his career. The highlight was definitely the time he fought Bob Probert, perhaps the toughest fighter in NHL history, four periods in a row.
"I remember clearly thinking ‘wait til next shift to ask him.’ So I was content with that and then I heard myself say ‘do you wanna go?’. I was struggling with it and he heard me ask him ‘do you want to go?’. He looks at me, he’s got these beady black eyes, he looked through me and said, ‘I don’t care'."
"I don't care." That might be the scariest reply you can get after asking a guy if he wants to scrap. Especially when said guy is Bob Probert. Shelley and Probert dropped the gloves once in each period in a game then in the first period of the next game they faced each other.
"I survived it, I was happy about that, but the worst part of the story is we had to play them again two nights later in Columbus. So I had to fight him again in the first period of that game in Columbus, but I survived it. It was probably ‘the moment,’ without Twitter and everything else, it was on TSN and kind of gave me a name. So I thank him for that, but it was the longest night of my life.”
Shelley also fought Biz back in the day and had nothing but nice things to say about him.
"What I remember about your fight, you were so polite. You were like the nicest guy. You were like ‘hey Shells, you got one in you man? I gotta get a fight going.’ I’m like ‘sure Biz'. I knew you were coming.”
We also had Montreal Canadiens beat reporter Eric Engels on to discuss the firing of Claude Julien and what's next for the Habs.
Catch Episode 322 right here…