Brendan Shanahan A hockEy lEGenD

Brendan Shanahan was the best. Becoming an all star player and changed the face of hockey and players. Born o Jan. 21, in a small town called Mimic near Toronto. Brendan had three brothers who loved to play hockey and lacrosse, but he loved hockey and started getting good at it. In 1985, he was drafted to the London Knights in the Ontario hockey league and had two great seasons. But in 1987, he went pro and played for the New Jersey Devils. He proved himself valuable collecting 26 points in his first 56 games. After four seasons with the Devils, he went to St. Louis, in his 91-92 season with the Blues, he exploded with 51 goals 94 points. Shanahan's first seasons were fantastic but more legendary seasons were ahead.

Brendan as a child(right) young adult Brendan(left)

After playing with the Blues, he went to the Hartford Whalers( no longer a team) and scored 44 goals and 78 points in one season till being traded to Detroit. In his years with Detroit, he gave them their second Stanley Cup and Detroit hasn't won a Stanley since 1955, and won two others years later. 2 years later, he made it into the All-star game a second time and also made into the All-stars again the next year. After 9 seasons with Detroit, he became a free agent and went tho the New York Rangers for one year. For his last professional season, he went back to New Jersey and also played for Canada in the Olympics and won 6 gold medals.

With Detroit(right) with New York(middle) with New Jersey(left)

Sadly, on November 17, 2009, Shanahan announced that he would be going into retirement. After 21 years of hockey, he gave a speech on how his friends and family helped through his journey. At the end of his career, he played 1,524 regular season games, 656 goals, 689 assists, scoring 1, 534 points, and 2,489 penalty minutes. He started a two-day conference to influence players, coaches, and influential voices to discuss improvements on the tempo and flow of the game. These were recommendations to the NHLPA. In 2009, he was announced to Vice President of the NHL and president of the Toronto maple leafs.

" I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can't honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I'd be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream."

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