ESPN is reporting that former Red Wings sharpshooter Brendan Shanahan is the heir apparent to succeed Colin Campbell as the NHL's head of discipline.â†µ
Shanahan became the NHL's vice president of hockey and business development after his retirement in 2009 and was instrumental in implementing the league's new rules on head shots. In his new role, Shanahan will be in charge of handing out fines and suspensions for those very head shots and other dirty plays.â†µ
Shanahan played 22 seasons in the NHL as one of the league's most prolific goal scorers, potting 656 for his career to place him 11th on the all-time goal scoring list. Detroit acquired Shanahan from Hartford just two games into the 1996-97 season in a trade that sent popular players Paul Coffey and Keith Primeau to the Whalers. Shanahan would help the Wings win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years that season and would go on to win two more with the club in 1998 and 2002.â†µ
Shanahan was let go by Detroit in free agency after the 2005-06 season. He played two more years for the New York Rangers before signing with New Jersey, the team that drafted him, for one final season.