Monday morning was full of emotional news. Andrew Shaw officially announced he is retiring from the game of hockey after multiple concussions.
Shaw’s heartfelt video will be felt by fans in both Chicago and Montreal. Shaw played ten seasons in the NHL, with most of that time being spent in Chicago. However, after numerous concussions, as Shaw addresses in his video, the doctors have told him its best to hang up the skates and think about his long-term health.
In 544 career NHL games, Andrew “The Mutt” Shaw tallied 116 goals and 131 assists to go along with 573 penalty minutes. Shaw played a heavy game, leaning on his physicality and tenacity to make an impact on the ice. However, that style of game has sadly caught up to the 29-year-old, forcing him to hang up the skates early.
From memorable headbutts, to loving shin pads, to two Stanley Cups, Andrew Shaw was a part of countless memories for teammates and fans alike. Now, he enters a new phase of his life, one in which his health is prioritized after putting his well-being on the line for ten seasons.
It’s hard to envision the Blackhawks not having Shaw around in some capacity going forward. He’s the perfect candidate to be an ambassador for the team, or have some type of role in the organization. The Blackhawks are no strangers to keeping fan favorites around, so keeping “The Mutt” around would be special for all parties involved.
Thank you Shawzer, for being a constantly entertaining player, a selfless teammate, and a true pleasure to watch and cover. Your presence will be missed, but your impact will always be remembered. And, one last time, we too love shin pads… congratulations on an incredible career, Andrew Shaw.