On the first official day of hockey, Brendan Shanahan shocked the hockey world by issuing this statement:
“When I signed this past summer, Lou Lamoriello, Jacques Lemaire, and I agreed that if we were unable to find a suitable fit in which I would be able to compete and contribute at the level I expect from myself, then I would simply step aside. I have great respect for Lou, Jacques, and the entire Devils’ organization. This decision is both mutual and amicable.”
Shanny has officially quit the Devils. He plans on spending the next two weeks with his family before deciding which direction he will take. He has made no official announcement that he has retired. If he does in fact retire as a hockey player, coming to the Devils would have brought his career full-circle by ending his career in the same place he started.
The Devils drafted Shanahan in 1987, 2nd overall. In his rookie year as a Devil, he recorded 26 points in 65 games at the age of 18 years old.
At the age of 40, Shanahan returned to the Devils in January 2009. In 34 games, he recorded six goals and eight assists. He tallied a goal in the final preseason game against the Islanders in the 2009-10 season, a goal that may have very likely been his final goal as a hockey player.
Overall, his career includes 656 goals, ranking 11th in the all-time goal scoring list.