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Shanahan Announces Retirement
November 18, 2009

Brendan Shanahan, who represented Canada seven times in various competitions, called it a career on Tuesday, officially announcing his retirement after 21 NHL seasons.

“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,” Shanahan said in a statement released by the NHLPA.

The Mimico, Ont., native first donned the maple leaf in 1987 at the IIHF World Junior Championship before representing his country at two IIHF World Championships (1994, 2006), two Olympics (1998, 2002), one Canada Cup (1991) and one World Cup of Hockey (1996).

Canada’s 2002 Olympic gold allowed Shanahan, along Rob Blake and Joe Sakic, to join the exclusive Triple Gold Club, having previously won world championship gold in 1994 – helping end Canada’s 33-year slump – and the Stanley Cup in 19 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Although he won’t be on the ice, Shanahan will be in Vancouver when the 22 members of the Triple Gold Club are officially recognized at Molson Canadian Hockey House during the Winter Games on February 22.

The second-overall selection by New Jersey in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Shanahan finishes his career with 1,354 points in 1,524 games with New Jersey, Hartford, St. Louis, Detroit and the New York Rangers. His 656 goals leave him 11th on the all-time list, and his 109 game-winning goals are good for fifth in history.

Just four months after helping Canada end its 50-year Olympic drought Shanahan rose to the top of the hockey world again, helping the Red Wings win their third Stanley Cup title in six years and allowing him and Steve Yzerman to become the first Canadians to win Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

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