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Former Blackhawks Forward Viktor Stalberg Retires from Hockey

Viktor Stalberg, who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013, announced his retirement from hockey Friday afternoon.

Viktor Stalberg Retires Blackhawks
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On Friday afternoon, former Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg took to Instagram to announce his retirement from hockey.

The 35-year-old spent three seasons with the Blackhawks from 2010 through 2013, capturing a Stanley Cup during his final year in Chicago. Across 203 games with the Blackhawks, Stalberg recorded 90 points (43 goals, 47 assists). The speedy winger added six points (one goal, five assists) in 32 playoff games for Chicago.

One of Stalberg’s most memorable moments with the Blackhawks came in Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs when he recorded an assist on Brian Bickell’s game-winning goal in overtime.

After his time in Chicago, Stalberg spent two seasons in Nashville and one with the New York Rangers before splitting time between Carolina and Ottawa in 2016-17, his final NHL campaign. The Sweden native accumulated 168 points (82 goals, 86 assists) across 488 games throughout his eight-year NHL career.

Stalberg then went overseas where he split parts of four seasons between Zug EV and Fribourg-Gotteron HC of the Swiss National League, Omsk Avangard of the KHL, and Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League.

While certain aspects of his game drew ire from the Blackhawks fan base, Stalberg’s speed was never in question and he utilized it to carve out a role among Chicago’s forward corps. As he hangs up the skates, Viktor Stalberg will forever be part of Blackhawks history for helping bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago in 2013, which propelled the franchise toward 2010s hockey dynasty status.

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