Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Frederick Shanahan
Left Wing
Right-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 225 pounds
Born: 1.23.69 Mimico, Ontario
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues, 7.25.91
How he returned: Signed as a free agent, last playing with the New York Rangers, 1.14.09
How he left again: Released 10.7.09
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
SHG
SHA
GWG
1987-88
NJ
65
7
19
26
-20
131
72
2
5
0
0
2
1988-89
NJ
68
22
28
50
2
115
152
9
8
0
0
0
1989-90
NJ
73
30
42
72
15
137
196
8
13
0
0
5
1990-91
NJ
75
29
37
66
4
141
195
7
12
0
0
2
2008-09
NJ
34
6
8
14
-2
29
77
2
1
0
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
315
94
134
228
-1
553
692
28
39
0
0
10
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When I first started watching the Devils, honestly, I didn't see what the big deal was behind Shanny. But again, I WAS
just starting out as a fan.

That and there was a lot going on at the time with him that I didn't know or could have known. Let's say that it was a lot

any 18-year old kid could try to work out.

His role on the team did increase, slowly starting to live up to his #2 draft pick billing. Or I should say as a total package

player: a sniper, a valuable piece of the power play puzzle, you name it, he would do it.

He opted to test the FA waters in 1991 and got a rich deal from the St. Louis Blues. Being an RFA, the Devils were

entitled to compensation. I'll just summarize that story by saying we know the story behind Scott Stevens' arrival to the
Devils.

Well, 18 years, about 560 goals, 8 All-Star Games, and 3 Stanley Cups later, Shanny returned to New Jersey looking to

make a valuable contribution to an already well-oiled machine.

He wasn't able to stick with the team for 09-10, though; he was the final cut. A few weeks later, he decided to retire and

take a job with the League. He had become the VP of Player Safety and head disciplinarian, summarily trying to crack
down on head shots in the game with all the talk about concussions. His big thing was providing transparency through
the entire process when announcing decisions for supplemental penalties. (Because people have wondered where Colin
Campbell's head was in some of his decisions.)

He would step down from that position in the spring of 2014 to become the president and alternate governor for the
Toronto Maple Leafs, a move that has proved to be positive, both from an on-ice standpoint, and with his handling of
the Leafs' centennial year celebration. (Including changing the team's policies about retiring numbers.)
Entry Draft: 1987 First Round Pick (2nd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
SHG
SHA
GWG
1987-88
NJ
12
2
1
3
0
44
11
1
0
0
0
0
1989-90
NJ
6
3
3
6
0
20
16
1
0
0
0
1
1990-91
NJ
7
3
5
8
3
12
20
2
3
0
0
0
2008-09
NJ
7
1
2
3
-1
2
25
0
1
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
32
9
11
20
2
78
72
4
4
0
0
1
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise