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Brendan Shanahan #14
Brendan Shanahan was drafted second overall in the 1987 Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He made his NHL debut that season on October 9 and scored his first goal (the game-winner) in a 3-2 win over the Rangers on November 10. He finished the year with 26 points as a teenage rookie. He helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in 11 years (first time ever in New Jersey) and led the team to the Wales Conference finals. In 1988-89, Brendan improved to 22 goals and 50 points as the Devils missed the playoffs. In 1989-90, he scored 30 goals and 72 points and led the team back into the playoffs with a club record 83 points in the standings. In six playoff games, Brendan scored six points. In 1990-91, he scored 29 times and had 66 points. In the playoffs, he scored eight points in seven games.
On July 25, 1991, Brendan signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. In his first season with his new club, he scored 33 goals and 69 points. In six playoff games, he scored five points. In 1992-93, he broke out for his first 50-goal season (51) and finished third on the team with 94 points. He also led the team with eight game-winning goals. In 11 playoff games, he scored four goals and seven points.
In 1993-94, Brendan scored 52 goals and paced the team with 102 points and eight game-winning goals. He also led the league with seven short-handed goals and 397 shots on net. He played in his first mid-season All-Star Game (two goals) and was named a First Team All-Star at year's end. In the shortened 1994-95 season, Brendan scored 20 goals and co-led the Blues with six game-winning goals.
On July 27, 1995, Brendan was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Chris Pronger. That season, Brendan led the Whalers with 44 goals, 78 points and 17 power-play goals. He also played in his second All-Star Game and finished second on the club with six game-winning goals and 280 shots. In 1996-97, Brendan was traded on October 9 with Brian Glynn to the Detroit Red Wings for Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau and a first-round draft pick. He led the Red Wings that year with 46 goals, 87 points, 20 power-play goals, seven game-winning goals and 323 shots. He also played in his third All-Star Game. In the post-season, Brendan led the Red Wings with nine goals en route to a Clarence Campbell Bowl victory in the Western Conference finals and a Stanley Cup in the playoff final against the Flyers.
In 1997-98, Brendan played in his fourth straight All-Star Game and led the Red Wings with 28 goals, 15 power-play goals and nine game-winning goals. In the playoffs, he again led the Red Wings to a Clarence Campbell Bowl victory in the Western Conference finals and then a Stanley Cup in the finals (this time over the Capitals). In 1998-99, Brendan played in his fifth All-Star Game and led the Red Wings with 31 goals, five game-winning goals and 288 shots. He also led the team to a Central Division title. In the playoffs, he scored ten points in ten games.
In 1999-2000, Brendan scored his 400th goal on November 13. He played in his sixth straight All-Star Game and paced the team with 41 goals, nine game-winning goals and 283 shots. In the playoffs, he scored five points in nine games. In 2000-01, Brendan led the Red Wings to the Central Division title. He paced the team with 76 points, 15 power play goals and 278 shots. At the Red Wings' Super Skills event, he co-won the shot accuracy competition by hitting four targets on five shots.
Brendan spent the 1984-85 season with the Mississauga Reps of the MTHL. In 1985-86, he joined the OHL's London Knights and scored 28 goals as a major junior rookie. In 1986-87, he improved to 39 goals and 92 points and was an OHL Third Team All-Star.
In 1994-95, Brendan played three games (five goals) with Dusseldorfer of the Deutschen Eishockey Liga before the start of the NHL season.
Brendan won a silver medal with Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships. In August 1991, he won a gold medal with Canada at the Canada Cup tournament. In August 1996, he won a silver medal at the World Cup of Hockey. In February 1998, he represented Canada at the Winter Olympics in Nagano.
Brendan was the best man at Sean Burke's wedding. He is the highlight star for Sega Sports' NHL 2K video game.
Personal Information courtesy of the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHLPA.com.