Devils goalkeeper Corey Crawford announced his retirement from the NHL on Saturday, a day after he was granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.
The two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks signed a $ 7.8 million two-year deal with New Jersey in October.
“I have been fortunate for a long time to be playing professional hockey for a living. “I believe I want to continue my career, but I have made my full contribution to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire,” Crawford, 36, said in a statement. “I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision.”
Crawford thanked the Blackhawks “for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream”.
The Devils are expected to be off the hook for Crawford’s salary.
The Quebec native played 13 seasons in Chicago, setting a record of 262-162-53 with a 2.45 career average and 26 centuries in 488 regular season games. He was also the opening goalscorer during the Blackhawks Championships in 2013 and 2015, and he was a member of the gold medal winning Team Canada team at the 2016 Hockey World Cup.
“I’m proud to be part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago,” Crawford said. “Thank you to all your colleagues and coaches throughout the year. Also, thanks to the fans who make this great game. I am happy and excited to move on to the next chapter of my life with my family. “
Crawford’s departure leaves DeKelly with Mackenzie Blackwood, who re-signed a three-year deal last month, and 28-year-old Scott Wagewood, last year’s Stanley Cup champion, third-string goalkeeper for the Tampa Bay Lightning .