Brendan Shanahan Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Tanya Saxena
Jan 31, 2024 By Tanya Saxena
Originally Published on Apr 29, 2022
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About Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan is a former NHL hockey player and current president of the NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Born in Canada, Shanahan was interested in hockey from a young age and played for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League after graduating high school. Once Brendan Shanahan turned 18, he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils for the start of what would prove to be an illustrious 21-year-long career as a hockey player.
Named one of the Top 100 NHL players, he scored 656 goals over 1524 games. He also starred in the movie 'Forrest Gump'. To learn more trivia about the life and career of Brendan Shanahan, read on!

Brendan Shanahan's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Brendan Shanahan's net worth?

Brendan Shanahan has a net worth of approximately $12 million, thanks to his successful career as an NHL player and president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

How much does Brendan Shanahan earn per year?

Brendan Shanahan's annual earnings haven't been publically disclosed, though judging from his position in the NHL, it is indeed no small amount.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Brendan Shanahan?

Brendan Shanahan is 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) tall.

How old is Brendan Shanahan?

Brendan Shanahan was born on January 23, 1969. As of 2022, he is 53 years old.

Childhood And Education

Brendan Shanahan was born to Rosaleen and Donal Shanahan on January 23, 1969. His parents are Irish and immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where they gave birth to Brendan and his three brothers- Brian, Shaun, and Danny. His father was a firefighter employed by the City of Toronto. Shanahan showed an interest in ice hockey and lacrosse from a young age. In fact, he was already playing for a minor, under-12 ice hockey league and participated in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in 1982.
Shanahan grew up in the Mimico neighborhood and attended St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church. He later transferred to Michael Power/St. Joseph High School and finally attended Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario, from where he graduated. During his time at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School, he played on the school hockey team. His impeccable skills earned him a gold medal from the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) in 1985.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Brendan Shanahan's partner?

Brendan Shanahan and his wife Catherine Shanahan tied the knot on July 4, 1998. The two live together in Toronto with their three children- Jack Shanahan, Catherine Shanahan, and Maggie Shanahan.

Career And Professional Highlights

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Shanahan began his professional career with the NHL (National Hockey League) at 18 in 1987. He was selected in the second NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils. He had previously shown a lot of talent and promise playing for the London Knights in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League). During his rookie season, Shanahan played in 65 games and scored 26 points. Brendan proved to be a top scorer in his third NHL season with the New Jersey Devils. He scored 72 goals in 73 games!
He continued to play for the New Jersey Devils until 1991 before signing with the St. Louis Blues for the next four years. Shanahan scored an impressive number of goals in every game he played.
In 1995, the St. Louis Blues traded Shanahan with Chris Pronger of the Hartford Whalers. He played with them only for one season, during which he scored 44 goals. However, the future of the Hartford Whalers was being put into question as a franchise, prompting him to request a change. In 1996, he was initiated into the Detroit Red Wings.
He scored 47 goals in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings and was selected to play in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game. He even helped the Detroit Red Wings win a Stanley Cup, which was their first one since 1955. The Detroit Red Wings, encouraged by their 1996-97 win, emerged as Stanley Cup champions again the following year. Unfortunately, they were eliminated early in the 1999 season but came back stronger than ever in their resurgent season to win the 2001-2002 season Stanley Cup, with Shanahan scoring 37 goals.
During this time, he also won a Winter Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City and was named on the NHL All-Star Team for the second time. The season proved to be a career-defining one for Shanahan, as he also scored the 1000th point of his career in a game against the Dallas Stars. In the same game, he hit the 500-goal mark, which was the game-winning goal. This contributed to the Detroit Red Wing's success, and they were awarded the President's Trophy for being the top-ranked regular season team.
After the 2005-06 season, Brendan Shanahan became a free agent and ultimately signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the New York Rangers. He began his stint with the Rangers by scoring his 599th and 600th goals in his very first game, becoming only the 15th NHL player in history to reach this benchmark. He remained with the Rangers until 2009 when a dip in his performance led them not to offer him a contract for the next season.
After leaving the New York Rangers, he returned to the New Jersey Devils for the 2009 season, his final year before retiring. He had spent 21 years as an NHL player at that point.
However, the NHL was not done with Brendan Shanahan just yet. Soon after his retirement, the NHL offered him the position of vice president of hockey and business development. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2011, succeeding Colin Campbell.
On April 11, 2014, Brendan Shanahan officially took up the title of president and alternate governor for the Toronto Maple Leafs. At that point, the Toronto Maple Leafs had qualified only once for the playoffs in the past decade and were struggling immensely. Shanahan took the team under his wing and hired a number of executives to help rebuild the team from the ground. His efforts paid off, and the Maple Leafs established themselves as worthy competitors in the NHL once again.

Charity Work

Shanahan has played in many charity games, where the proceeds were donated to deserving foundations and causes.

What awards has Brendan Shanahan won?

Brendan Shanahan has won a number of outstanding awards and accolades over his 21-year-long career. He has been awarded three Stanley Cup Championships over the course of his career.
He was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2003, which is awarded to players who display exemplary leadership qualities both during and out of play. He was also the first recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Brendan Shanahan also remains the only NHL player with a score of 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. He was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, which is no small feat!

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Brendan Shanahan Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Brendan Frederick Shanahan

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191 cm

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NHL Executive, Former Ice Hockey Player


Catholic Central High School

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Catherine Shanahan


Rosaleen Shanahan, Donal Shanahan


Danny Shanahan, Brian Shanahan, Shaun Shanahan
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Written by Tanya Saxena

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Tanya SaxenaBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Bachelor's degree in English and currently pursuing her Master's degree in the same field from the University of Delhi and Sharda University respectively, she has a deep understanding of language and literature. Tanya is a skilled content writer and editor with a passion for the English language. She has over three years of experience creating content for blogs and social media, as well as more than two years of experience editing content. She is also an active blogger on Instagram and has experience as a tutor and teacher. 

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