Shaw Announces His Retirement
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw announced on Monday that he is retiring from the National Hockey League.
This announcement from the 29-year-old comes after doctors have suggested that he stop playing after suffering several concussions.
Shaw was a key member of two Stanley Cup title teams with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. Shaw spent three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens in the middle of two stints with the Blackhawks.
There have been a number of key injuries that have played a role in this decision, including a concussion that was suffered during the 2019 season. Shaw missed more than a year after suffering that injury but was expected to play an important role for the Blackhawks this season.
Shaw managed to play just 14 games this season and has not appeared since suffering another concussion in February. Instead of attempting another comeback, the forward has decided to step away from the team and the sport that he loves.
The first recommendation of retirement came from Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry. Shaw was still attempting to try to rehab and get back on the ice but has not been cleared for contact by the team.
Along with announcing his retirement due to concussions, Shaw also revealed that he has been battling depression and anxiety over the last few years. He wanted to let hockey fans know that he was okay but that this step was necessary to live a long and healthy life.
The Blackhawks selected Shaw in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, and he quickly became a key piece on the team. Shaw scored 116 goals during his NHL career, with the majority of those coming for the Blackhawks.
During his playoff career, Shaw scored 16 goals and totaled 35 points in 72 postseason games. The Blackhawks relied on Shaw to give them physicality and toughness, which likely led to his concussion problems.
Shaw expects to return to the game of hockey in some capacity but announced that he will be spending the next year at home with his family. Its been an up and down season across the NHL with a lot of problems with games during the season due to the pandemic.
Troubling Trend For Blackhawks
The Blackhawks are going through a transitional period, and some of the most beloved players in franchise history are moving on or have been forced to retire. Shaw is the second member of the Blackhawks’ championship teams that has called it quits this season.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook announced his retirement earlier this season after doctors were not confident in a return to the ice. Seabrook was under contract with the team through the 2024 season but has been out of the lineup a number of times over the last few years.
The Blackhawks are also playing this season without captain Jonathan Toews, who has been away from the team due to an undisclosed illness. There has been very little information revealed about the status of Toews, but he is not expected to retire at this time.
Veteran goaltender Corey Crawford was not on the Blackhawks roster to begin the season but also announced his retirement due to concussions.
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