Maple Leafs introduce Shanahan as team president

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office.

The Hockey Hall of Famer was introduced as Toronto's new president on Monday and says he's eager to get to work learning about the organization, which missed the playoffs after a late-season collapse.

"I have some ideas in my head about direction, but I think that at the same time ... those are subject to change," Shanahan said. "I think that it's very important for people, especially in sports, to have the ability to evolve and to make changes."

The 45-year-old Toronto native will oversee all team operations for the franchise. Shanahan, who will also be an alternate governor, had been working as the head of the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

He won three Stanley Cups and played for five teams over his long playing career.

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, says he knew he wanted a "hockey guy" to lead the Leafs' front office.

"I definitely sense that we lack an identity, and right now we're a team that lacks a direction and we want to change that," Leiweke said.

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