The Blackhawks announced in October That Crawford would not return to the team next season. He was currently expected to play for the New Jersey Devils.
In a statement, he said: “I have been lucky to have been playing professional hockey for a long career. I wanted to continue my career, but I believe I have given to everyone in the game of hockey, And I decided it’s time to retire. I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision. I want to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream I’m. I’m proud. It’s been a part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thanks to all my teammates and coaches throughout the year. Also, thank you to the fans who made this great game. I’m happy and Excited to move on to the next. The chapter in my life with my family. “
The Devils announced on Friday that after a week of uncertainty in which the recently signed 36-year-old goalkeeper did not practice, Crawford took an indefinite leave of absence for unknown reasons.
The team said that Crawford was discharged on Monday and Tuesday for maintenance after a week of training camp. He was not on ice on Wednesday and Thursday for personal reasons.
Coach Lindy Ruff has refused to discuss the reasons for Crawford’s absence.
Crawford signed a two-year contract with New Jersey as a free agent after helping the Chicago Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups.
The Blackhawks drafted him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
He was in net for the Blackhawks for two Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015.
As the ESPN reports the Blackhawks were negotiating with Crawford for a new deal, the team offered $ 3.5 million, which was deducted from their $ 5 million salary last year.
In a statement on Saturday, the Blackhawks said, “Corey has an unforgettable place within our organization, in the hearts of our fans, and in Chicago’s sports history. We congratulate Corey on a sports career worthy of the Hall of Fame – one Which we celebrate with them even today. ” Members of the Blackhawks family forever. ‘Crow’ is not only one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise, but was also a pillar in our local community throughout his career. With 260 career regular season wins and a team-record 52. Postdenson wins, he thrilled a generation of Blackhawks fans for the past two decades, while two Dosli Cups were brought to the city of Chicago. We wish him nothing but the best in this next chapter, apart from his wife Christie and sons, Cooper and Camden. “
He said the NHL Players Association played 10 NHL seasons and 488 regular season games.
He was raised in Chetugué, Quebec and was fondly called “Crow” by many fans and teammates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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