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Brendan Shanahan

Born:January 23, 1969Draft:1987 Devils 2nd Overall
Hometown:Etobicoke, OntarioPosition:LW
Known For:Hall of FameShoots:Right
National Team:Canada

Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born January 23, 1969) is an executive and former player who currently serves as the president and alternate governor for the Toronto Maple Leafs, having previously served as the director of player safety for the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils second overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Shanahan played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils (two stints), St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers.

While playing with the Red Wings, he won three Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002). In 2017 Shanahan was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

With his physical play and goal scoring ability, Shanahan scored 656 goals in his NHL career spanning over 1,500 NHL games and, at the time of his retirement, was the leader among active NHL players for goals scored. Shanahan is the only player in NHL history with over 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

Competing for Canada internationally, Shanahan won a gold medal at the 1994 World Championships, 2002 Winter Olympics, and a 1991 Canada Cup championship. Having won what are considered the three most prominent team titles in ice hockey, an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship and a Stanley Cup, Shanahan is a member of the elite Triple Gold Club. Shanahan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2013 as a member of the Red Wings.

Brendan Shanahan #14 of the Detroit Red Wings
Brendan Shanahan #14 of the Detroit Red Wings (Tom Pidgeon /NHLI/Getty Images)

Brendan Shanahan Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
July 27, 1995St. Louis BluesHartford Whalers LogoChris Pronger
October 9, 1996Hartford Whalers LogoBrian GlynnDetroit Red WingsFirst-Round Pick
(Niklos Tselios)
Paul Coffey
Keith Primeau

Deeper Dive


  • Canada Cup Gold Medal — 1991
  • IIHF World Championship Gold Medal — 1994
  • World Cup of Hockey Silver Medal — 1996
  • Olympic Gold Medal — 2002
  • Led NHL Short-Handed Goals — 1994
  • Led NHL Power-Play Goals — 1997
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007
  • NHL First Team All-Star — 1994, 2000
  • NHL Second Team All-Star — 2002
  • Stanley Cup Champion — 1997, 1998, 2002
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy — 2003
  • Only NHL Player With More Than 600 Goals and 2,000 Penalty Minutes
  • Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame — 2013