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Maple Leafs name Shanahan as new team president

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 1:04 PM / News

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Maple Leafs name Shanahan as new team president
Toronto Maple Leafs name NHL exec Brendan Shanahan as new team president.

Brendan Shanahan is the new president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Friday morning. He will assume his new duties immediately and will be formally introduced during a press conference Monday in Toronto.

He joins the Maple Leafs to oversee all team operations, according to a release from the club.

"Whether it was behind the scenes or under the glare of hockey's harshest spotlight, Brendan was as much of an 'impact player' at the League as he was on the ice," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Brendan brought commitment, clarity and impeccable credibility to his difficult and thankless duties here, and while we are sad to see him go, we knew his unique skill-set and body of work in the sport would make him a valued leader for any Club. Brendan has helped to change the culture of the game, has made it safer on a variety of levels, and his influence will be felt for years. We send him to his new role with our best wishes and our deep appreciation for his many contributions to the game."

Upon accepting the position with the Maple Leafs, Shanahan abdicated his player-discipline duties as NHL Senior Vice President, Player Safety and Hockey Operations, according to a release from the League on Friday morning:

"At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the League’s Department of Player Safety upon accepting the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday afternoon.

"Effective with Thursday night’s games and for the balance of the regular season and throughout the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stephane Quintal assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.

"The National Hockey League has a first-rate and fully functional team of professionals staffed in the Player Safety Department that will continue to monitor all plays in all games and to flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. There will be no change in the approach that has been established by the Department of Player Safety and the League will take all steps necessary to ensure a consistent standard of enforcement and application of discipline for the balance of this season."

Shanahan had been with the NHL since 2009, most recently as Senior VP of Player Safety.

This season, the Maple Leafs appeared headed for a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but an eight-game losing streak which began in mid-March hurt their chances. Toronto was eliminated Tuesday, when it lost 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has made the playoffs once in the past nine seasons. The Maple Leafs finish the 2013-14 season with a road game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Shanahan, 45, won three Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings and gold medals with Canada at the 1994 World Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 1991 Canada Cup.

He scored 656 goals in the NHL and is the only player in League history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty. Shanahan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on July 9, 2013.

He retired as a player in November 2009 and joined the NHL the next month as vice president of hockey and business development. Shanahan succeeded Colin Campbell as head of player safety in June 2011.

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