Chicago Blackhawks veteran Andrew Shaw has announced his retirement from the NHL at just 29 years old due to a long history of concussions and brain injuries.
Shaw made the announcement himself with a special video message:
Shaw's prepared statement:
My first game as a rookie with the Chicago Blackhawks still sticks out in my mind. In my second shift, I had my first fight in the National Hockey League. I followed that up with my first NHL goal in the second period. From that point on, I knew I had a chance to be this team's underdog. A player that could represent the city of Chicago's blue-collar mentality. Be their mutt if you will.
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. 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.
No shame, Shawzy. You had an outstanding career and have nothing left to prove. Take care of yourself and be there for your family.