Shanahan's road to HHOF started in Mimico

Detroit Red Wings left winger Brendan Shanahan celebrates with teammate Fredrik Olausson June 13,...

Detroit Red Wings left winger Brendan Shanahan celebrates with teammate Fredrik Olausson June 13, 2002. (Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

This is where a Hall of Famer comes from.

Brendan Shanahan is driving west on Lake Shore Blvd., talking of his upbringing, his family, his life-long friends, pointing out the sights that mattered most then and now.

Then he stops in Mimico, a place that looks like time has stopped.

He points to the swimming pool at Ourland Park, the field named for Angelo Sacco, shows me where his name remains in chalk on certain buildings. And he stops at the almost hidden piece of land alongside St. Leo's Catholic School, where Shanahan first learned to fight.

"I used to think it was so much bigger than this," Shanahan says, stopping the car and parking at the side of the road.

"This was a scrappy neighbourhood. When you wanted to fight, you wouldn't say, 'You wanna go?' You would just saw two words: 'Gym wall.' And, after school, someone would meet you there. That's how it worked."


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