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SpouseCatherine Shanahan
FactPlays hockey for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.

Brendan Shanahan is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who served as president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2014 to 2019. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. Shanahan played 21 seasons in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. He won three Stanley Cups as a member of the Red Wings, in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He also won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2003 and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2004. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

Shanahan was born on January 23, 1969, in Mimico, Ontario. His father, Donal, was a schoolteacher and his mother, Rosaleen, was a homemaker. He has four brothers: Kevin, Shaun, Darragh and Rory. Shanahan was raised Catholic and attended St. Clement’s Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School. He began playing organized hockey at the age of five. As a youth, he played for the Mimico Minor Hockey Association’s rep team. Shanahan later recalled that his parents “were always at my games. They never missed one.”

Shanahan began his junior career with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In his first season with the Knights, he scored 50 goals and 110 points in 64 games. The following season, he scored 45 goals and 104 points in 53 games. In his third and final season with the Knights, he scored 43 goals and 95 points in 54 games. He was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1988–89 after scoring 133 points in 57 games.

Shanahan was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, second overall, of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Devils during the 1987–88 season. He scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Steve Penney of the Montreal Canadiens on December 1, 1987. Shanahan finished his rookie season with 14 goals and 34 points in 65 games. He scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal against goaltender Patrick Roy of the Canadiens on April 28, 1988.

Shanahan was traded to the St. Louis Blues on July 27, 1991, in a deal that sent Rod Brind’Amour to the Devils. He scored a career-high 47 goals and 93 points in 80 games during his first season with the Blues. He had 28 goals and 62 points in 61 games during the 1992–93 season before being traded to the Hartford Whalers on August 19, 1993.

Shanahan spent two seasons with the Whalers before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings on October 9, 1996. He scored 40 goals and 84 points in 80 games during his first season with the Red Wings. He helped the Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years with a goal and four points in 22 playoff games. Shanahan scored a career-high 52 goals and 94 points in 71 games during the 1997–98 season. He won his second Stanley Cup championship with the Red Wings in 1998–99 after scoring 11 goals and 23 points in 23 playoff games.

Shanahan was traded to the New York Rangers on July 3, 2006. He scored 24 goals and 46 points in 82 games during his first season with the Rangers. He announced his retirement from professional hockey on December 9, 2009.

In 1,524 career NHL games, Shanahan scored 656 goals and 1,354 points. He also appeared in 157 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring 68 goals and 129 points. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

Shanahan has been married twice. His first marriage was to Catherine Clark, with whom he has three sons: Jack, Brendan and Matthew. The couple divorced in 2009. Shanahan married Erin Regan in 2013. They have two daughters: Kate and Molly.

Shanahan has a net worth of $40 million dollars as of 2020. His salary as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs is $5 million per year.

General Info

Full NameBrendan Shanahan
Height1.91 m
Weight99.8 kg
ProfessionBusinessperson, Ice hockey player


SpouseCatherine Shanahan
ChildrenCatherine Rosaleen Shanahan, Maggie Shanahan, Jack Shanahan
ParentsDonal Shanahan, Rosaleen Shanahan
SiblingsDanny Shanahan, Brian Shanahan, Shaun Shanahan


AwardsKing Clancy Memorial Trophy

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1[on discipline in hockey] There'll always be those who think every decision is too much, and there will be those who think every decision is too little. I try to keep my focus on the goal: keeping hockey physical and entertaining and passionate. But I think it can also be safer.
2What I'm trying to eliminate, and I believe the management and players want me to eliminate, are illegal and dangerous checks. There's still a place in hockey for a big, hard, clean check, and I want to protect that. This truly is an art - an art of courage and timing.
3I think hockey is the best of all sports and I'm fiercely protective of it.


1In 2009, Shanahan became the NHL's Vice-President of Hockey and Business and, two years later, its player disciplinarian, dealing particularly with illegal hits.
2Children: Maggie, Jack and Catherine Rosaleen.
3Second daughter, Catherine Rosaleen Shanahan born on 26 October 2004.
4Father, Donal Shanahan passed away from Alzheimer's in 1990, when Brendan was 21 years old, and in his 3rd season with the New Jersey Devils.
5Named to the World Cup roster for Team Canada, along with 13 other NHLers who also won gold in the 2002 Olympics, in Salt Lake City.
6Has won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002).
7Has dual Canadian/American citizenship.
8Catherine gave birth to the couple's first children, twins Maggie and Jack on 23 November 2002.
9Became a U.S. citizen [17 May 2002].
10Traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Chris Pronger, ironically the two played together on the 2002 Team Canada. [27 July 1995].
11Traded from the Hartford Whalers to the Detroit Red Wings along with Brian Glynn in exchange for Keith Primeau, Paul Coffeyand the 1997 1st round draft pick (Nikos Tselios) [9 October 1996].
12Signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on 25 July 1991. The NHL later awarded Blues D Scott Stevens to the New Jersey Devils on 3 September 1991 as compensation.
13Scored 400th goal [13 November 1999].
14Captain of the Hartford Whalers (1995-1996).
15His 2001-2002 Salary: $6,500,000.
16Became 3rd player in NHL History to win a Gold Medal and Stanley Cup in same season, Only Shanahan, Steve Yzerman (2002, Canada & Detroit Red Wings) and Ken Morrow (1980 USA & New York Islanders) accomplished the feat.
17Played for Team Canada in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, including a Gold Medal in 2002.
18NHL First Team All Star 1994.
19An 8-time NHL All Star.
20New Jersey Devils 1988-1991, St. Louis Blues 1992-1995, Hartford Whalers 1996 Detroit Red WIngs 1997-present.
21Plays hockey for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.




Me, Myself & Irene2000State Trooper
Forrest Gump1994Football Player (uncredited)


Head Games2012DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2008TV SeriesHimself - New York Ranger (segment "Chris Elliott's Wacky World of Hockey")
Rome Is Burning2007TV SeriesHimself
Farewell from Moscow: The Igor Larionov Farewell Game2006Documentary short
It's Our Game: Team Canada's Victory at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey2004Video documentaryHimself
Red Alert: Hockeytown 32002Video documentaryDetroit Red Wings Forward #14
ESPN SportsCentury2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Gold Rush 20022002Video documentaryTeam Canada Forward
Salt Lake City 2002: XIX Olympic Winter Games2002TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize2000Video documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
NHL Power Players: All-Stars of the Game1997VideoHimself

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