The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Hockey Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan the hockey club's president and alternate governor.

Shanahan joins the Maple Leafs to oversee all team operations for the 97-year old franchise and will begin his new role immediately.

He will be formally introduced during a news conference Monday in Toronto.

It's expected Shanahan's deputies -- Stephane Quintal or Brian Leetch -- will head up the NHL's Department of Player safety on an interim basis for the balance of the season.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke had reached out to Shanahan for a senior position with the hockey club shortly after the Vancouver Canucks chose Trevor Linden to become their President of Hockey Operations.

Shanahan, a Mimico, Ont. native, has held various executive roles with the League since retiring from hockey in 2009.