Two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Corey Crawford announced his retirement Saturday, shortly after starting training camp with the New Jersey Devils.
Crawford, 36, won Stanley Cups in 2013 and 2015 during his 10 full seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He became their No. 1 goalie in 2010-11 and made the All-Rookie team that year.
He had signed a two-year, $7.8 million contract with New Jersey in the offseason after the Blackhawks said they wouldn’t be re-signing him. He had missed practice the past five days, and the Devils announced Friday that he was taking indefinite leave for personal reasons.
“I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living,” Crawford said in a statement. “I wanted to continue my career, but believe I’ve given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire.
“I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision. I would like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the chance to live my childhood dream.”
He finishes his career with a 260-162-53 record, 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He won the Jennings Trophy for lowest team goals-against average in 2012-13 and 2014-15 and led the league with seven shutouts in 2015-16, but he was limited to 28 games in 2017-18 because of vertigo.
"Corey has an unforgettable place within our organization, in our fans' hearts and in Chicago sports history," the Blackhawks and the Wirtz family said in a statement. "We congratulate Corey on a Hall of Fame-worthy playing career."
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