Niklas Hjalmarsson Is Hanging Up The Skates

Niklas Hjalmarsson is set to retire after 14-seasons in the NHL. Hjalmarsson was a crucial part of the Chicago Blackhawks 3-Stanley Cups, he was one of the best defenseman Chicago ever had.

From the years of 2009-20017, Hjalmarsson was a key part of the Chicago Blackhawks. Over the course of his 10 years in Chicago, Nik played in 623 NHL games with 143 points (23G 120A), with a +/- of +109, and an average of 20:27 per game. He was a guy you could always rely on, no matter what. He was loved in the locker room and around the city.

In the summer of 2017, Hjalmarsson got sent to Arizona in a trade for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin. In his final 4 seasons with Arizona, Nik played in 198 games with 29 points (2G 27A), a -3, and an average of 19:20 per game.

Hjalmarsson was an amazing player and I’m happy he had such a fruitful career. He hasn’t officially said he’s retiring but he was never a guy for big announcements. Regardless, couldn’t be happier for him. Here are some elite Hjalmarsson moments:

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