Top 25 Panthers of All Time #21: Ray Sheppard


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#21 Ray Sheppard

Position: Winger
Time with the Panthers: 1995-98 & 1999-2000
Panther Stats: 190 GP (61st), 61 G (17th), 60 A (41st),
121 PTS (33rd)
Best Season: 1996-97 68 GP 29-31-60
Number Worn: 26

Ray Sheppard won a tiebreaking fan vote against Jay Bouwmeester with 62% of the vote. Honored earlier this year during a Legacy Saturday, Sheppard was a major part of the 1996 run scoring 8 goals and 8 assists in 21 games. Sheppard scored a goal in the finals that brought down an iconic shower of rats. Sheppard was solid throughout his career, putting up 93 points in 1993-94. However for some reason, Sheppard is not a hockey hall of famer. However his Panther stats and 1996 run status deserve him a spot and he definitely deserved to be on this list.

Fun Facts

  • Sheppard is a golfer. He was ranked by Golf Digest as the 2nd best golfer that plays a sport other than golf.
  • He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Panthers Alumni Association.
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