Leafs ink Shanahan to six-year extension

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

The team announced Tuesday afternoon that president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan signed a six-year extension with the club, running through the 2024-25 season.

"On behalf of the MLSE Board of Directors, and certainly our company and fans as well, we are very pleased to see Brendan continue in his role as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs", said Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Leafs ownership group MLSE. "Brendan's positive impact on this team has not only been felt on the ice, where the team is on an impressive path, but throughout the league, with the Leafs' alumni, and in the community".

The former head of the NHL's Department of Player Safety, Shanahan joined the Maple Leafs in April 2014 and has overseen massive organizational changes since taking over.

"One of the things we are most proud of at MLSE is our team leaders' impact on each of our team's successes and our company's culture, and Brendan is a ideal example of that", MLSE president and CEO Michael Friisdahl said.

"When [Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment] approached me several months ago to discuss an extension, I told them this would be quite simple, as I've had no desire to leave what we've started here with the Maple Leafs", Shanahan, 50, said in a statement.

Among the significant moves made by the Leafs during Shanahan's tenure were the hiring of Mike Babcock as head coach, the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as general manager, the hiring of Kyle Dubas and promotion to general manager, the drafting of Auston Matthews and the signing of John Tavares as a free agent.

If Shanahan stays for the life of the deal, he will have spent 11 seasons with the Leafs, two more than he ever played for a single team during his Hall of Fame career.

An eight-time All-Star, Shanahan won three Stanley Cups.

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