Corey Crawford Has Retired from the NHL

“I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living. 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. I am proud to have been part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thank you to all of my teammates and coaches throughout the years. Also, thank you to the fans who make this great game what it is. I am happy and excited to move on to the next chapter of my life with my family.”

Corey Crawford on January 9th

Corey Crawford, long time beloved goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks, has just announced his retirement from the NHL.

Crawford just left Chicago after 10-years (I hate you Stan) for New Jersey as he signed a 2 year, $3.9 million dollar contract over there. He participated in training camp last week but yesterday, Crawford announced that he would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” from the Devils for personal reasons. Now, Crow has just flat out retired from the NHL.

In his 10-year career, Crow won 2 Cups with Chicago. He had an all time record of 260-162-53 with 26 shutouts. He had a career average 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage. Corey stood on his head for Chicago numerous times throughout the years. Without him, we don’t win 2 of those Cups, that’s for damn sure. Chicago absolutely loved this man. Not only was he a brick wall in net but he was scrappy, unafraid to jump into the scruffle. Crawford was so damn influential and although we had to go through losing him once, seeing him retire is like losing him all over again.

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