Joseph John Oswald "Jake" Sheppard - Born July 23, 1902 in Montreal, Quebec – Died August 28, 1969 was a Canadian professional ice Hockey forward.
Sheppard played nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Cougars, New York Americans, Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks from 1926 to 1934.
Sheppard began his career with the Selkirk Fisherman of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. After only eleven games with the Selkirk Fishermen of the MHL Sr., where he collected twelve points, Johnny Sheppard signed with the Western Canada Hockey League Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent for the 1922-23 season. After four seasons with Edmonton, Sheppard was traded to the Detroit Cougars for cash in 1926, and that is where he began his NHL career. He joined the Detroit Cougars in the team's inaugural season of 1926–27, in which he played 43 games and led the team in goals (13), assists (8), points (21), and penalty minutes (60).
On November 22, 1927, Sheppard scored the first goal at the new Detroit Olympia against Ottawa Senators' goaltender Alex Connell.
Sheppard was traded to the New York Americans, where he played five seasons and posted career highs in goals (17 in 1932–33) and points (29 in 1929–30).
Sheppard also played for the Bronx Tigers of the Canadian-American Hockey League in 1931–32.
Before his final NHL season in 1933–34, Sheppard was traded from the Americans to the Bruins. His stay in Boston lasted only four games before he was released, though he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks.
The Hawks finished the season behind the Red Wings, but would have the last laugh in the playoffs. After going through both the Montreal teams, the Canadiens and the Maroons, the Hawks found themselves in the 1934 Stanley Cup final against the Wings. It took only four games to bring Chicago its first Stanley Cup championship, and for Sheppard his first and only Cup.
Sheppard left the NHL with his championship and played for two more seasons with the NWHL's Seattle Seahawks before hanging up his skates for good in 1936.