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Johnny Sheppard  1927-28

Firsts were foremost for Johnny Sheppard during his tenure with the Detroit Cougars.

The skilled left-winger was the first member of the Detroit organization to pull on the famous No. 9 jersey and with 13-8-21 totals in 1926-27, was the first player to lead the club in all three categories. He also led the team with 60 penalty minutes that inaugural campaign and he and Ted Lindsay are the only players in franchise history to top the club in scoring and penalty minutes in the same season.

The 1927-28 season saw Sheppard complete a famous Detroit first when he put a shot past Ottawa Senators goalie Alex Connell November 22, 1927 to score the first goal in the history of the Olympia. Another first was achieved in the season opener this season, November 15 at Pittsburgh, when Johnny and younger brother Frank Sheppard became the first brother combination to perform for the team.

Purchased from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Hockey League, the elder Sheppard was a bundle of speed, energy and courage. Called "Wee Johnny" due to his diminutive 5-foot-7, 165-pound frame, Sheppard was a rugged competitor who once worked as a trapper near the Arctic Circle. The deadly finisher possessed blazing speed on his skates.

Sheppard's talents also made him a marketable commodity and when new manager Jack Adams found he'd gathered an excess of offensive talent with newcomers George Hay, Carson Cooper and Larry Aurie all joining Sheppard in reaching double digits in the goal column in 1927-28, he moved the latter to the New York Americans prior to the following season, acquiring center Bobby Connors, $12,500 and the rights to promising amateur Ebbie Goodfellow for Sheppard.

The deal seemed one-sided at the time, but Goodfellow would become a Hall of Fame performer for Detroit and won the club's first Hart Trophy in 1940.

Even in departure, Sheppard managed to engineer another first for the team.

BORN:
Montreal, Que., July 3, 1903

ACQUIRED:
Contract Purchased October 5, 1926 from Edmonton (WHL)

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1926-27 (13-8-21)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-87, G-23, A-18, PTS-41

HONORS:
Led Detroit in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in 1926-27; Scored the first goal at the Olympia

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80