Brendan Shanahan Retires

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.

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2 thoughts on “Brendan Shanahan Retires

  1. I don’t know but Brandan should still be playing
    Every team could still use this guy.
    Yes he slowed down a bit,
    But is he more valuable than George Parros, Eric Boulton, Brian Mcgratton, Todd Bertuzzi, Raitias Ivanas, Derek Boogaard, John Scott, Georges Laraque,
    Andrew Peters, Donald Brashear, Matt Carkner, Riley Cote,
    Eric Goddard, Jody Shelley, Zenon Konopka, Colton Orr, Darcey Hordichuck
    He is Just like Theo fluery he could have taken Mcgratton’s spot

    I have nothing against fighting as it may appear
    But in this day in age, you need to be effective player as well as being a scrapper
    There are plenty of guys who do this well.
    Not one of the above pugilists mentioned are in that group.
    This isn’t just about Shanahan and his passion and skill not mention the leadership he brought to the game.
    It is about not being able see some other decent players because of these goons.

    Agree or disagree with me, but I believe for sure 100%
    Shanahan could have helped 30 teams
    Instead he was forced to retire and move on with his life
    And for all the other players that retired prematurely, It’s OK we still have guys who play under 5 minutes a game, pick a fight or two, cost their teams with dumb penalty’s and then in the end keep the bench warm come play off time.
    No I am not blaming Gary Bettman for this, this non sense was here long before his nonsense arrived.
    In the 40’s 50′ 60’s everyone played hard and rarely a fight broke out, there is no reason that it can’t be the same now. Just like the principal of the game, it has not changed, to score you put the puck in the net.
    I will miss Shanny, I hope comes back to hockey as a coach or something in the future.
    Because,you know for sure, in four years he will be in the hall of fame.

    Next to Gordie Howe I think he was the second best power forward ever to lace up the skates. Not Bad for a kid who grew up out of Mimico with a reputation as a soft Lanky snkinny guy, my how that changed.


  2. I completely agree, I think he should be playing for atleast one more season. He is an absolute shoe in or the Hall of Fame when the opportunity comes. Not many players, if any at all, had over 1000 points and 2000 penalty minutes.


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