|Brendan Frederick Shanahan
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
|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
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
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise