The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to a hometown great to boost their front office.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Tim Leiweke has reached out to NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan in regards to a "top hockey operations position" with the Maple Leafs.
Shanahan, a Mimico, Ont. native, has held various executive roles with the League since retiring from hockey in 2009.
Mimico is a neighbourhood and former municipality located in the west end of the City of Toronto.
From Dec. 2009 through 2011 he served as the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. Since then he has taken on the League's top disciplinarian role, leading a crackdown on hits to the head and enforcing the League's concussion protocol.
An eight-time NHL All-Star, Shanahan sits 13th all-time on the NHL's goal-scoring list with 656. He won three Stanley Cups - in 1997, 1998 and 2002 - all with Detroit, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal with the 2002 Canadian men's hockey team.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.