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Brendan Shanahan credits time with Red Wings

Jul 9, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

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Fair or not, Hockey Hall of Fame voters value players who won Stanley Cups in their hockey careers.

Brendan Shanahan brought plenty to the table with eight All-Star appearances, 656 goals and 1,354 points in his distinguished career, but he acknowledged that winning three championships with the Detroit Red Wings was a big difference-maker, as reports.

“It was just the right fit,” Shanahan said. “They had not won the Cup in several decades. They had been close. At the time that’s all I wanted to do. I think you mature a bit as a player, you want to get yourself established, get yourself to feel like you belong, and then all of a sudden you start realizing how hard it is and how difficult it is to win a Cup and you become obsessed with it. I was lucky at that point in my career to join a team that was obsessed with it and a group of guys that were also obsessed with it, and were also talented enough to be a legitimate contender. I know I wouldn’t be on this call today if it weren’t for my time in Detroit.”

That point is debatable (managing to score 600+ goals and more than 1,000 points while putting up a hearty 2,489 PIM will turn plenty of heads), but perhaps his high-level successes expedited the process.

  1. LampyB - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    How is it debatable? Coming directly from the mouth of the hall of famer himself. You must know more than him, probably from experience, right?

  2. polegojim - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Go Red Wings!!!…. they’ve launched SO many wonderful success stories.

  3. charliereno - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    A great career overshadowed by selling out to be the NHL’s puppet of discipline. *gags*

    • ryanprzy - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      You really think that? C’MON MANNN…

    • pastabelly - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      He was never trained to do the job he is doing and the inconsistencies in his approach relate to learning on the job. Was anyone expecting perfection only because he was a great player?

  4. beelza - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    I wish the hell I could bottle that “obsession” and force feed it, Gitmo style, to Jim Leyland and his Tigers. Shanny had a complete game, baseball would describe him as a 5-tool player. Everytime, hockey fans think Shanny is a Red Wings Slappy in his NHL office, remember: Weber faceplanted Zetterberg’s dome into the glass several times, and went unpunished.

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