New Jersey Devils goaltender Corey Crawford announced his retirement on Saturday, one day after taking a leave of absence for personal reasons.
"I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living," the 36-year-old said in a statement released by the team. "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."
The veteran missed three practices during the first week of training camp before announcing he was taking a leave of absence. He never suited up for the Devils in a game.
Crawford signed a two-year, $7.8-million contract with the Devils on Oct. 9, one day after New Jersey placed goaltender Cory Schneider on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
Crawford highlighted his 13-season career in Chicago by helping the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015. He also captured the William M. Jennings Trophy in those seasons, sharing the honor with then-teammate Ray Emery in 2013 and with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in 2015.
"Corey has an unforgettable place within our organization, in our fans' hearts and in Chicago sports history. We congratulate Corey on a Hall of Fame-worthy playing career - one we celebrate with him today as a member of the Blackhawks family forevermore," the Blackhawks said in a statement.
"'Crow' is not only one of the greatest goaltenders in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history but was also a pillar in our local community throughout his entire career. With 260 career regular-season wins and a team-record 52 postseason wins, he thrilled a generation of Blackhawks fans over the last decade-plus while bringing the city of Chicago two Stanley Cups. We wish him, his wife Kristy, and sons, Cooper and Camden, nothing but the best in this next chapter."
Crawford posted a 16-20-3 record with one shutout, a 2.77 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 40 appearances last season. He was playing in the last season of a six-year, $36-million deal.
Crawford has a 260-162-53 mark with 26 shutouts, a 2.45 GAA and .918 SP in 488 career games since being selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
"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," Crawford said in his statement. "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."
--Field Level Media