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Andrew Shaw Talks His Decision to Leave NHL at 29 Years Old

Using an emotional video to share the news, NHL forward Andrew Shaw has announced that he is leaving the game.

Using an emotional video to share the news, NHL forward Andrew Shaw has announced that he is leaving the game. After suffering another concussion in February and after the advice from medical professionals to stop playing, Shaw said he is finally ready to listen to the experts and will call it a career. The Blackhawks have backed this decision and fully support Shaw looking after his long-term health.

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Saying it was important he listen to the doctors, he knew there was no way he would change the way he played the game and that he would keep putting himself in vulnerable positions. He called the decision hard and he’s been playing since he was four. It’s tough to walk away, but he’s got a loving wife and kids, plus family and friends who have helped with the transition. He noted that the brotherhood and sitting with the guys will be the thing he misses the most.

While the word “retire” doesn’t appear in the official press release, it is believed that is what Shaw has done by making this announcement. He does have another year left on his current contract and will head to LTIR but if he were to officially retire, he would forfeit the $2.9MM he is set to earn next season.

Shaw had a great run, even though he’ll be calling it quits much sooner than many would have expected. He won two Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, one in 2013 and the other in 2015. He played a physical style game and found a career as a checking center who could put up points. While his style of play clearly led to his many concussions, he noted he wouldn’t change a thing about his playing career.

Shaw will finish his career with 247 points in 544 regular season games, but his biggest goal came in triple overtime during game one of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.

As the Blackhawks wrote on their Twitter account Monday, “Truly one of a kind. Thank you for your relentlessness, your laughs, your grit, your chirps, your energy, and your joy for the game.”

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