January 15th, 2021

Goaltender Corey Crawford, who backstopped Chicago to two Stanley Cups, retires


By The Canadian Press on January 9, 2021.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stops a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gene J. Puskar

Goaltender Corey Crawford has announced his retirement from the NHL after 10 seasons and two Stanley Cup championships.

Crawford, from Chateauguay, Que., posted a franchise-record 52 playoff wins and led the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2013 and 2015.

In those championship years, he was the co-recipient of the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender or goaltenders having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.

The six-foot-two, 216-pound netminder posted a 260-162-53 record, a 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save percentage over 488 NHL appearances, all with the Blackhawks.

The 36-year-old Crawford signed a two-year contract with New Jersey in October, but announced Friday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Devils for personal reasons.

Internationally, Crawford was part of Canada’s championship team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

“I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living,” Crawford said in a statement. “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.

“I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision. I would like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the chance to live my childhood dream. I am proud to have been part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago.”

Crawford was selected in the second round, 52nd overall, by Chicago at the 2003 NHL draft. He played primarily in the American Hockey League in his first five pro seasons, making eight total NHL appearances before taking over full-time in 2010-11.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2021.

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