Brendan Shanahan made it clear earlier to the Toronto Maple Leafs that he wanted to stay with the organization.
Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment made sure of that, announcing May 13th that Shanahan, the Leafs President and Alternate Governor, has signed a six-year extension with the NHL club through the 2024-25 season.
“When MLSE 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 told NHL.com. “I’m thankful to the Board of Directors, our coaches, trainers, management and office staff, and especially our players for the professionalism and dedication they display every day.
“I’d also like to thank our incredibly loyal fan base. The trust and passion they’ve shown is truly inspiring and drives us to never quit until we reach our ultimate goal.”
Shanahan first joined the hockey club in April of 2014. The Leafs have since earned three consecutive playoff berths (2016-17 through to 2018-19) under the guidance of the 50-year-old native of Mimico.
“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,” Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board for MLSE, told NHL.com. “We look forward to continued success for the Maple Leafs under Brendan’s leadership over the next six years.”