Just finished “the Brendan Shanahan article in Men’s Vogue”:http://www.mensvogue.com/health/articles/2007/12/shanahan?currentPage=1, and it’s brilliant. That said, I’m not sure what to make of this photo.
(Photo: Richard Phibbs)
I’m particularly partial to writer Alec Wilkinson’s depiction of this exchange between Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery:
I had brought with me a copy of the Hockey Scouting Report for the 1990Ã¢â‚¬â€œ91 season, because the photograph of Shanahan as a 22-year-old is so different from the way he appears today that I wanted to show it to him and see what he said. After he came off the ice and had taken a shower, we sat at a table in the cafeteria the Rangers share with the Knicks. A few other players began wandering in, moving the lazy way athletes often do, as if reluctant to make an unnecessary gesture.
Eventually Sean Avery, a seven-year veteran, arrived, wearing a white T-shirt and white baggy shorts. Avery and Shanahan played together on the Red Wings before Avery was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Shanahan made a case to have him brought to the Rangers last season. Avery is an abrasive, passionate, and headlong player, and he seems to embolden the Rangers. In a Hockey News poll taken last season among players, he was also identified as the NHL’s most hated player. He so remorselessly irritates other players that they often forget to play the way their coaches told them to and just try to punish Avery whenever they can, leaving their coaches’ tactics in shreds.
Shanahan opened the Scouting Report and showed it to Avery. “Look at this kid,” Shanahan said. “You would have been terrified of him.” He read from his assessment. “Ã¢â‚¬â€°’Don’t let Shanahan’s physical play fool you. There’s a pretty good finesse player underneath that steamroller exterior. He’s not a great skater and may never be by NHL standards in terms of speed or beautyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦’Ã¢â‚¬â€°”
Avery shook his head dismissively.
“Ã¢â‚¬â€°’But he has a strong stride and good sturdiness and balance,’Ã¢â‚¬â€°” Shanahan continued.
When Shanahan read “Ã¢â‚¬â€°’His balance and strength serve him well in the traffic areas, and he can hurt people when he drives through his checks,’Ã¢â‚¬â€°” Avery said, “I’m bored.”
“Ã¢â‚¬â€°’And he’s a good scrapper,’Ã¢â‚¬â€°” Shanahan continued. Avery rolled his eyes. Looking at me and gesturing at Shanahan, he said, “Get him to talk about how he loves roses and wine.”
Shanahan put the book down and said, “Let’s get out of here.”
“And his favorite designer right now is Alexander McQueen,” Avery said. Shanahan’s eyes seemed to widen. “Nobody wants to hear about your slap shot,” Avery said. “They want the real you.”
“I do have a thing for gardening,” Shanahan said bashfully.
“And his favorite movie is Running with Scissors,” Avery said.
“It is not,” Shanahan said, somewhat indignantly.
One fairly small quibble is that Shanahan is referred to as a left wing for the Rangers. Although Shanahan has played both wings in his career, he’s played the right side almost exclusively in New York.