Sheahan with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017
December 7, 1991|
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
21st overall, 2010|
Detroit Red Wings
Riley Michael Sheahan (born December 7, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 21st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Sheahan has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers.
Sheahan played junior B ice hockey in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with the St. Catharines Falcons playing both center and wing. During his first season with the Falcons, Sheahan played with Atlanta Thrashers first round pick Daultan Leveille. Sheahan collected 49 goals and 85 assists over two seasons with the Falcons. He was recognized for his offensive output with the OHA Junior B Top Prospect Award in 2008.
Following the two seasons in St. Catharines, Sheahan decided to forgo major junior hockey with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) to play NCAA Division I college ice hockey with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). While with the Fighting Irish, Sheahan was invited to take part in Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp 
Detroit Red Wings
On April 5, 2012, the Detroit Red Wings signed Sheahan to a three-year, entry-level contract. On April 7, 2012, he made his NHL debut for Detroit against the Chicago Blackhawks. On January 11, 2014, Sheahan scored his first career NHL goal, against Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. On July 1, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Sheahan to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension. On June 16, 2016, the Red Wings signed Sheahan to another two-year contract extension.
On April 9, 2017, Sheahan scored his only two goals of the 2016–17 season during the final game at Joe Louis Arena, including the final goal in the arena's history. Sheahan had set a team record for the most games to start the season without a goal and he also set an NHL record as the only forward with at least 100 shots to start the season without a goal.
On October 21, 2017, Sheahan was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins (along with a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. He finished the 2017–18 season with 32 points in 81 games. On June 27, 2018, Sheahan signed a one-year contract with the Penguins.
On February 1, 2019, Sheahan was traded to the Florida Panthers (along with teammate Derick Brassard, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks) in exchange for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann. He finished the 2018–19 season with 19 points in 82 games.
On September 5, 2019, Sheahan signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Edmonton Oilers. He skated in 66 regular season games with the club, scoring 15 points. He also went scoreless in four postseason games.
On December 29, 2020, Sheahan signed a professional tryout contract with the Buffalo Sabres to attend their training camp. On January 8, 2021, the Sabres signed Sheahan to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
On October 29, 2012, Sheahan was stopped by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after which a roadside test determined he was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, nearly four times the legal limit. Sheahan was wearing a purple Teletubby costume and was carrying the ID of fellow Red Wings' prospect Brendan Smith when arrested. He told police he was carrying Smith's ID so he could get into bars, as he was underage at the time.
Sheahan pleaded guilty in Michigan's 61st District Court on December 13, 2012, to operating a car with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or higher. He was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to spend 49 hours on a work crew.
Sheahan had previously been arrested on alcohol-related charges when he was charged with public intoxication and consumption of alcohol by a minor in 2010 when he was a freshman at Notre Dame.
|2006–07||St. Catharines Falcons AAA||SCT U16||46||33||42||75||80||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Catharines Falcons||GHL||—||—||—||—||—||3||1||1||2||0|
|2007–08||St. Catharines Falcons||GOJHL||45||22||39||61||39||16||5||10||15||14|
|2008–09||St. Catharines Falcons||GOJHL||40||27||46||73||55||11||8||5||13||30|
|2009–10||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||CCHA||37||6||11||17||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||CCHA||40||5||17||22||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||CCHA||37||9||16||25||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||7||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||72||16||20||36||33||24||3||13||16||10|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||31||8||10||18||12||8||1||4||5||0|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||42||9||15||24||6||5||0||0||0||0|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||79||13||23||36||16||7||2||1||3||2|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||14||11||25||12||5||0||1||1||4|
|2016–17||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||2||11||13||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||8||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Calder Cup (Grand Rapids Griffins)||2013|
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