Brendan Shanahan is here to stay, signing a six-year contract extension to remain President and Alternate Governor with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“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 the board for 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. We look forward to continued success for the Maple Leafs under Brendan’s leadership over the next six years.”
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“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 perfect example of that,” said Michael Friisdahl, president and CEO of MLSE. “He brings a championship attitude to the team and the entire organization.”
Shanahan, 50, has been a member of the Leafs’ organization since April 2014. The team has undergone a transformation since then, including a full rebuild and overhaul of management, before becoming a Stanley Cup contender.
Under Shanahan, the Leafs have earned three consecutive playoff berths, including back-to-back 100-point seasons.
“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,” said Shanahan. “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 fanbase. The trust and passion they’ve shown is truly inspiring and drives us to never quit until we reach our ultimate goal.”