Andrew Shaw is ending his playing career because of concussions, the Chicago Blackhawks forward said Monday.
The 29-year-old was placed on long-term injured reserve March 5. He last played Feb. 9, when he sustained a concussion in a 2-1 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, and was advised by the Blackhawks medical staff to discontinue his career in hockey because of the potential long-term consequences
Shaw scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 14 games this season.
“There comes a time when every athlete needs to realize when their health is a priority and a future with their family is what is most important,” Shaw said in a statement. “That point for me is now. After several concussions, doctors have strongly recommended I stop playing the game that I love. For once in my life, I am going to listen.
“I am extremely proud of what I accomplished in my career, and I want to make it clear: I would not change anything about it. I won two Stanley Cups, made lifelong friends — and some enemies, too — and will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.”
Shaw is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, in 2013 and 2015. He scored the game-winning goal at 12:08 of the third overtime to give Chicago a victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks won the series in six games for their second Cup championship during a run of of three titles in six seasons (2010, 2013, 2015).
Shaw also is remembered for when he headed the puck into the net in the second overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the 2015 Western Conference Final, a goal overturned by video review. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2 in three overtimes.
“No two moments sum up Andrew Shaw more than his famous ‘headbutt no-goal’ and his game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 that ricocheted off his shinpads,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “Throughout his 10-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, Andrew was always willing to lay his body on the line and put his teammates before himself. He epitomized energy, determination, grit and toughness, and was a player his teammates loved to play with, but his opponents hated to play against.
“Andrew played an integral role on two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Blackhawks and grew into a leader in the latter part of his career. He kept the locker room on their toes but had the ability to keep his teammates relaxed and ready with his lively personality. Though it is unfortunate Andrew’s playing career is over, I admire him for making this difficult decision and putting his family and his well-being first. Andrew will always have a home here in Chicago and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in the next chapter of their lives.”
A fifth-round pick (No. 139) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Shaw scored 247 points (116 goals, 131 assists) in 544 regular-season games and 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 72 playoff games for the Blackhawks and Canadiens. He was traded to Montreal on June 24, 2016 and back to Chicago on June 30, 2019. He was placed on injured reserve with a concussion sustained against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 30, 2019, did not play the rest of the season and opted out of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on July 14, 2020.
“I will miss the locker room and my teammates from both Chicago and Montreal,” Shaw said. “I hope they will miss me too. 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.
“Most of all, I will miss the fans. I was lucky enough to play in two of the best hockey cities and fan bases in the world in Chicago and Montreal and I am grateful for my experiences with all of you. I gave everything I had every night for you, and you are the reason this was one of the toughest decisions in my life.
“Thank you all for giving a mutt a home, and a chance to live out my dream.”