Former Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw has announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 29.
During his 544-NHL-game career, Shaw played three years with the Montreal Canadiens and seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He made the announcement through the Blackhawks’ official Twitter account.
“Thank you for giving a Mutt a home.”
A message from Andrew Shaw (@shawz15er). #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/XAN3L6jv27
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 26, 2021
“There comes a time when every athlete needs to realize that health is a priority and a future with their family is most important,” Shaw said. “That time for me is now. After several concussions, the doctors strongly recommend that I stop playing the game that I love, and for the first time in my life, I’m going to listen.”
During his time with Montreal, the former 2011 fifth-round pick put up 96 points in 182 games. For his entire career, Shaw racked up 116 goals and 247 points in 544 games between Montreal and Chicago while capturing a pair of Stanley Cups with Chicago in 2013 and 2015.
“I will miss the locker room and my teammates from both Chicago and Montreal. I hope they will miss me too,” Shaw said. “Though I might have been excessively loud, pulled a prank once or twice and given you a hard time, I always prided myself on keeping the mood light and being the best teammate I could be. It was a pleasure competing with you night in and night out.”
Shaw only played in 14 games this season with Chicago. He will be placed on long-term injured reserve until his contract expires after next season.