Former Blue Shanahan elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

ST. LOUIS — While best known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings, a span that included three Stanley Cup victories, Brendan Shanahan was also a St. Louis Blue.

Now he will join another club: the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Shanahan, 44, will be inducted in Toronto in November.

“I’ve always been fortunate to have great teammates and coaches throughout my career,” Shanahan said in a release. “At every level, I have tried to learn and my key to success was having people around me that helped me improve my game.”

Shanahan played for a Red Wings team that snapped the team’s 42-year Stanley Cup drought in 1997. Detroit repeated the act the following season, then again in 2002.

The left wing’s career spanned from 1987-2009, and included stops with five teams. During that time, he went to eight All-Star Games. He retired with an accomplishment that still stands today. He is the only NHL player to score more than 600 goals (656) and total more than 2,000 penalty minutes (2,489).

Shanahan was with the Blues for four seasons, from 1991-92 through 1994-95. In 277 games, he scored 156 goals and had 150 assists (306 points). He ranks 10th in Blues history in game-winning goals (24), ninth in power-play goals (52) and sixth in short-handed goals (9). He will be the 18th Blues player in the Hall of Fame.

Shanahan works as the director of player safety and vice president of the NHL.