New Jersey Devils goalkeeper Corey Crawford (Corey Crawford) announced his retirement on Saturday after no vacation for personal reasons on Friday.
“I am fortunate to be able to earn a living in professional hockey for a long time. I want to continue my career, but I believe I have devoted my best to hockey, and I think I should retire now.” Crawford on Saturday Said in a statement issued. “I want to thank the New Jersey Devil Organization for understanding and supporting my decision.
“I want to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the opportunity to realize my childhood dreams. I am proud to be able to participate in the two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thanks to all my teammates and coaches over the years. Thanks to those who made this great game even more powerful. A fan of. I am very happy and excited to enter a new chapter in my life with my family.”
Crawford, 36, signed a two-year contract with the Devil during the offseason, with an average annual value of $3.9 million. He has not practiced since the opening of the training camp last week. Coach Lindy Ruff first described his absence as a “maintenance day,” and then the team stated that he would take a vacation on Wednesday and Thursday.
Since the 2010-11 season, he has been the starting goalkeeper for the Blackhawks and helped them win two Stanley Cup titles. But the team decided not to renew his contract during the offseason.
Crawford ended his Blackhawks career with 260 career victories, ranking third in franchise history, second only to Tony Esposito and Ge Glenn Hall. Crawford is the franchise manager of the Blackhawks in the playoffs (52) and is the only goalkeeper in team history with multiple Stanley Cups.
The Blackhawks said in a statement: “Corey has an unforgettable position within our organization, in the hearts of fans and in the history of Chicago sports.” “We congratulate Corey on winning a glorious acting career. Today we will always Celebrate with him as a member of the Blackhawks.’The Ravens’ is not only one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks, but also the backbone of our local community throughout his career.”
The Devil team has 24-year-old goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood (Mackenzie Blackwood), he was renewed before the training camp for a three-year contract worth 8.4 million US dollars. There are three other goalkeepers on their roster-Scott Wedgwood (24 games in the NHL), Gilles Senn (two games) and Evan who has not played in the NHL. · Cormier (Evan Cormier).