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The Visionary

from the London Free Press,
We all know Brendan Shanahan is a goal-scorer. We all know he can set the tone of a game physically. We all know he is a leader but who knew he is a visionary? When the National Hockey League gets underway again in October, it will be done under what could be termed the Shanahan Plan. You may recall it was last December when the Detroit Red Wings power forward -- against the advice of many -- called a two-day hockey summit in efforts to improve the game in the midst of the league lockout. It needed improving and a lot of players knew it. Shanahan decided to do something about it so he reached deep and paid to bring in a diverse group of 21 hockey people to discuss ways to make the game more entertaining. "I'm not that smart -- I'm just good at gathering real smart guys around me," Shanahan said yesterday. "We all hear great ideas about the game but they just kind of disappear and I just thought if we could just organize these thoughts we might have something." In came Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella, ex-ref Terry Gregson, TV host Ron MacLean and players from Toronto's Mats Sundin to Detroit's Curtis Joseph. Considering the labour strife, Gainey called Shanahan's initiative "gutsy."


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