Andrew Shaw is finally retiring after a brilliant 10-year career citing his concussion issues. The 29-year-old Blackhawks center has won the Stanley Cup twice in 2013 and 2015. He sat out most of the 2019-20 season after a severe concussion in November 2019.
The recurring concussions finally forced Andrew Shaw to heed the advice of doctors and stop playing.
He was with the Chicago Blackhawks for seven seasons over two stints. But he feels that it is finally time to give priority to his health and spend time with his family. He said that it is finally time to give up the game he loves and listen for the first time in his life after 544 career games.
He was central to the success of the Chicago Blackhawks after joining in 2011. Shaw moved to Montreal Canadiens in 2015 Blackhawks won the Championship. He was back in 2019.
He says that he fitted in with the team right from the first game. He was part of the city’s blue-collar mindset, he feels. He was thankful to his fans and his family for their support.
He would miss both Montreal and Chicago. He had been the livewire of both teams and had always been a team player. He said it had been a pleasure playing with them over the years.
Andrew Shaw Will Miss His Fans The Most
He has been lucky to have played in two cities with the best fan bases. He is grateful for his experience in both cities. Leaving them will be the toughest.
Stan Bowman, General Manager of Blackhawks said he respected Andrew Shaw’s decision to put his family and health first.
Two moments stand out in Bowman’s mind as he recollects Andrew Shaw’s dedication to the game and love for his teammates. He recollected the unforgettable “head-butt no-goal” incident and his winning goal in the first game in the 2013 final of the Stanley Cup.
Bowman signed off By saying that Andrew Shaw would forever have a home in Chicago. He wished him a great future.