One of the most prolific goal-scorers in National Hockey League history, Brendan Shanahan was renowned throughout his 21-year playing career for being as tough as he was skilled, and perceptive enough to anticipate changes to the sport by evolving his own game. While amassing 2,489 penalty minutes to go with his 656 career goals (11th in League history), Shanahan also won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. And by winning Olympic and World Championship gold medals for Canada, Shanahan became one of only 25 members of the Triple-Gold Club.
Shanahan displayed his desire to make hockey better while he was a player, bringing together League executives, players, and media members during the 2004-05 work stoppage for a brainstorming retreat dubbed the "Shanahan Summit." His retirement as a player in 2009 merely enabled him to devote all of his passion to macro-hockey efforts as he joined the NHL as VP of Hockey Operations and Business Development. In June 2011, he was tasked by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to head up the new Department of Player Safety, the only department of its kind in pro sports. As Senior VP of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, Shanahan focuses on making the game safer for its athletes through rules changes, education, equipment, and playing environment as well as supplemental discipline.