Since the Toronto native took on the role with the team in April, 2014 - the beginning of what is sometimes referred to as the "Shana-Plan" - the Leafs bottomed out in the standings before a resurgence that has seen the franchise make the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. "We look forward to continued success for the Maple Leafs under Brendan's leadership over the next six years".
Among the significant moves made by the Leafs during Shanahan's tenure were the hiring of Mike Babcock as head coach, the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as general manager, the hiring of Kyle Dubas and promotion to general manager, the drafting of Auston Matthews and the signing of John Tavares as a free agent. Toronto went 46-28-8 and finished third in the Atlantic Division this season but lost the Eastern Conference First Round in seven games to the Boston Bruins.
This means Shanahan will remain with the club through the 2024-25 season.
"When [Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment] approached me several months ago to discuss an extension, I told them this would be quite simple as I've had no desire to leave what we've started here with the Maple Leafs", Shanahan said. "I'm thankful to the Board of Directors, our coaches, trainers, management and office staff, and especially our players for the professionalism and dedication they display every day". The three-time Stanley Cup victor with the Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002) is the only player in National Hockey League history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes (2,489).