Toronto Maple Leafs hire Brendan Shanahan as team president

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TORONTO – NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is the new president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In a club press release, the team said Shanahan “will begin his new role immediately and will be made available to media on Monday morning.”

The Leafs will not comment on the move until then.

The appointment comes two days after Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden replaced Mike Gillis as president.

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Shanahan, who was born in Toronto, played in the NHL for 22 years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

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The 45-year-old retired as a player in 2009 and joined the NHL’s executive as vice president of hockey and business development a month later.

On June 1, 2011, Shanahan replaced Colin Campbell as the league’s chief disciplinarian, helping the NHL crack down on illegal plays.

The former second overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft will join a Toronto team that has struggled this season and failed to make the playoffs.

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With a file from The Canadian Press