Commissioner Gary Bettman among those who will miss Brendan Shanahan, the Hall of Fame player and former head of player safety who recently took on the post of president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In an interview with ESPN.com and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bettman said Shanahan leaves a lasting legacy with his involvement with the league’s player safety department, a position that did not exist until Shanahan took it on.
“What I like is that he created it. … He put in place a series of systems, the department and personnel — and I believe that we, through the creation of that department, have begun to effectuate a change in the culture of the game in terms of types of hits that are out of the game now. You can show lots of videotape of players not making certain hits that they would have made years ago,” Bettman said.
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