Corey Crawford retires from NHL
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Corey Crawford (photo courtesy of The Rink)

(UNDATED) – New Jersey Devils goaltender Corey Crawford, after taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team Friday for personal reasons, announced his retirement on Saturday. In a statement, Crawford says he has been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living. He wanted to continue his career, but believes he had given all he can to the game of hockey, and that it's time to retire. Crawford thanked the Devils for understanding and supporting his decision. He also thanked the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving him a chance to live out his childhood dream and to be a part of two Stanley Cups in Chicago. The 36 year old Crawford, signed a two year deal with the Devils in the offseason, valued at $3.9 million a year. He had been the Blackhawks' starting goaltender since 2010-11, and helped them to two Stanley Cup championships, but the team decided not to re-sign him this offseason. Crawford ended his Blackhawks career ranked third in franchise history with 260 career wins, trailing only Tony Esposito and Glenn Hall. Crawford is the Blackhawks' franchise leader in postseason wins (52) and is the only goalie in team history with multiple Stanley Cups.