Shanahan was one of game's top power forwards

NHL executive and former power forward Brendan Shanahan is among the 2013 class of inductees into...

NHL executive and former power forward Brendan Shanahan is among the 2013 class of inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (REUTERS file photo)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

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To thrive in pro hockey requires the strength of a football player, stamina of a marathoner and the steady nerve of a brain surgeon, all working in top-speed harmony, avoiding hard boards and flying bodies, while balanced on ice by 1/8th-inch of steel.

That could explain Brendan Shanahan's remarkable 21-year career, which is why we lifted that quote from one of his own interviews. Shanahan did it the hard way, from his junior days in London, the punch-up in Piestany, through his formative NHL years with New Jersey and St. Louis, three Cups in Detroit and gold on the global stage.

 


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