After 21 seasons in the National Hockey League, Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement on Tuesday.
In a release to the league, Shanahan said: “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. I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I’ve had the privilege of learning from, and playing alongside of, throughout my career.”
At 40 years of age, Shanahan ends a career that features many highlights both on and off the ice. 23rd overall in points, he boasts three Stanley Cup rings and 656 career goals.
To start the season, Shanny was attempting to land a spot on the roster with the New Jersey Devils. Cut from training camp, the desire to play appeared to be strong but it was not to be.
Shanahan has many moments to look back on with fondness and he really was the type of player that all fans of hockey grew to love. Whether he was making a fool out of Patrick Roy with the famed “Statue of Liberty goal” or mocking the Ottawa Senators for riding exercise bikes during post-game interviews, his will be a legacy as entertaining as it is effective.
With 109 game-winning goals, Shanahan built a reputation for being one of the league’s fiercest clutch performers. He was a force to be reckoned with in the post-season, too, piling up 12 game-winners in the playoffs to go with his overall total of 134 playoff points.
It was his years with the Red Wings that will be remembered most, though, as Shanahan won his three Cups with the club and scored at least 30 goals in seven of his nine season in Detroit.
So what’s next for Shanny? Many pundits and players are thinking that he’ll continue to serve in some capacity in the NHLPA. Some have even slated him for a possible new executive director, while others see him as a tremendous candidate for a general manager. Regardless of Shanahan’s role, his impact on the game of hockey goes without saying and will doubtlessly continue as long as he’s invested in it in some capacity on or off the ice.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.