Shjon Podein collected 206 points in 699 NHL games in 11 seasons (1992-03) with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Colorado and St. Louis. In 2001 he won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche and was recognized by the NHL for his work outside of hockey with the 2001 King Clancy Memorial Trophy awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.” In 1997 he and his wife, Sherry, founded the Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation to help kids facing extraordinary difficulties in their lives. Podein also became active with two inner-city youth ice hockey programs (Denver Cubs and Minneapolis DinoMights) both program designed to introduce ice hockey to low-income, inner-city children. He was the first NHL player to join the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, a Foundation that contributes monies to non-profits who effectively serve and benefit children in areas of health, education, and inner city services. Podein is pleased to be an NHL spokesperson for the Teammates for Kids Foundation and is active in recruiting other NHL players to the program. He was recently named head coach of the St. Louis Park boys’ high school hockey team.
Shjon is also now on the Board of Directors for DTBL and attended the NHL Players Charity Game to benefit DTBL on June 20, 2012. It was a great day and evening of autographs and a hockey game between Team East/Air Force/Fox9 vs Team West/Army/KARE11.