"Our big one this year is a big South Etobicoke boy - Brendan Shanahan. He's going to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, but we're getting him first."--Jim Sturino, Chair of the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame
That's right...THE Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame is opening it's doors to former Red Wing Brendan Shanahan. They did have a nice little write about the guy;
Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils second overall in the 1987 NHL draft, Shanahan went on to play with the St. Louis Blues, the Hartford Whalers, the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers, and the Devils, scoring 656 goals in his NHL career. All three of his Stanley Cup championships were won with Detroit, where he spent the majority of his career. Shanahan retired as the leader among active NHL players for goals scored, and as the only player in NHL history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.
Shanny was absolutely loved in Detroit. He did what Sergei Fedorov couldn't do - be a star on the team but at the same time realize that it was Stevie's team. Of course, he and Babbles didn't see eye-to-eye, but at that point - I think we had seen the best that Shanny had to offer Detroit.
I miss hearing the Irish Jig after #14 popped in another goal at the Joe.
But my absolute favorite moment of Shanny is him going air-to-air missile with Patrick Roy.
Shanahan thinking: "Oh....I don't think so, Patty."
Thanks for the memories, Shanny.