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He played it as well as anyone around.

Shanahan joined the NHL front office as vice president of hockey and business development less than a month after he retired as a three-time Stanley Cup champion. The eight-time All-Star played on the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup championship teams in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

His resume earns him credibility.

His decisions could only strengthen the NHL.

“It was just too important of an endeavor to say no to,” he said.


AP sports writers Rachel Cohen in New York and Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this story.


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