Brendan Shanahan snubbed by Hockey Hall of Fame

By Matthew Kirkpatrick

As the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their most recent inductees there was one name that was as deserving as the four men called to the hall who was left out: Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan has all the numbers to back up his inclusion in the hall.

Brendan Shanahan scored 656 goals and 1354 points in 1524 games while also accumulating close to 2500 penalty minutes. He added another 60 goals and 134 points in 184 career playoff games.

He was the preeminent power forward during his NHL career combining a deft scoring touch with an element of toughness that had rarely been seen before he burst on the scene in 1988 with the New Jersey Devils.

In fact Shanahan holds the unofficial record for most Gordie Howe hat tricks in a career with 17.

He is also the only player in NHL history with over 600 goals and 2000 penalty minutes in his career.

Shanny was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Brendan Shanahan was also a frequent member of Team Canada, and added a IIHF World Championship Gold medal in 1994 plus an Olympic Gold medal in 2002 making him a member of the elite  25 member “Triple Gold Club.”

The only member of the current class included on the Triple Gold list is Joe Sakic.

Brendan Shanahan was also a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that was disqualified from the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship for engaging in a wild brawl with the Soviet team that was dubbed the “Punch Up in Piestany.”

The brawl went on for so long, and was so violent that the officials finally turned off the arena lights in an effort to get the two teams to stop fighting.

Shanahan would have added the World Junior Gold to his resume if not for his team being disqualified.

Currently Brendan Shanahan serves as the NHL’s chief disciplinarian.

Hopefully the Hall of Fame selection committee will right the wrong it committed today when it left Brendan Shanahan out of the Hockey Hall of Fame and include him in next year’s class.

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