Blackhawks players call Corey Crawford an “unbelievable player” as he calls it a career

Corey Crawford has retired from the game of hockey after 10 seasons that saw him win two Stanley Cups. The 36 year-old who just signed a new 2 year-deal with the Devils left the team yesterday due to personal reasons.

For whatever this reasons are, he has now decided to call it a career.

Corey Crawford retirement statement:

“I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living. I wanted to continue my career, but believe I’ve given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire. I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision. I would like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the chance to live my childhood dream. I am proud to have been part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thank you to all of my teammates and coaches throughout the years. Also, thank you to the fans who make this great game what it is. I am happy and excited to move on to the next chapter of my life with my family.”

Patrick Kane and other Blackhawks bid farewell to a great teammate

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Crawford retires (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks spoke out to Corey Crawford to talk about what a great teammate he was. “Crow” as the all affectionately refer to him as was a competitor and an integral part to their Stanley Cup teams.

“Unbelievable player. Obviously a big part of our championships here, big part of the organization here for the past 10 or 15 years and great guy to be around,” Patrick Kane said. “Always seemed to be in a good mood, always competed in practice, which as a player you appreciate. I feel like he helped me get better just in practice. Still feel that he’s playing at a really high level going back to last year in the playoffs and I just wish him all the best. We’ll have conversations and talk to him, but sometimes there are bigger things in life than hockey and wish him all the best in the future.”