Brendan Shanahan speaks at off-the-leash luncheon.
The President of the Toronto Maple Leafs shared his hockey experiences with a packed Prairieland Park crowd at the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Hockey off-the-leash luncheon.
Shanahan said sharing his hockey experiences as part of Thursday’s fundraising venture was time well spent.
“When I played in St. Louis I lived with Kelly Chase, that was about 25-years ago and still when he calls me and asks me to support the U-of-S or anything in Saskatchewan, it’s really not a case of whether I can make the time, you make time, but it’s great to come out here and support the team and support the University and I’m Happy to be here.”
Shanahan said hockey is a universal language on the prairies.
“When you come to a place like this where hockey is so much in everybody’s blood, I don’t know that you have to pass along a whole lot of messages, I think everybody sort of thinks and feels the same way about the sport of hockey.”
The former NHL star who also won an Olympic Gold Medal with Canada at the Salt Lake City Winter games pointed out Huskie hockey players don’t need to be advised on how to prioritize their sports and academic lives.
“These are young men in their 20’s, they’re not 17-18 years old anymore,” said Shanahan. The Leafs boss said the players he met are very well adjusted and preparing for the future.
“I think just the fact they are here and playing University hockey, I think they’ve already got one eye on life after hockey. It seems to me that the leadership here and the messages that they’re being given are good,” said Shanahan.