Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw announced his retirement on social media today. Doctors strongly advised Shaw, 29, to stop playing due to his health and history of concussions. This was Shaw’s second stint with Chicago after being reacquired from Montreal on June 30, 2019.
Shaw was taken by the Blackhawks in the fifth round on the 2011 NHL Entry Draft out of the Ontario Hockey League. He made his NHL debut during the 2013 lockout-shortened season. That season, he scored nine goals and recorded six assists during the regular season. In the playoffs, he recorded five goals and four assists en route to his first Stanley Cup championship.
No goal was bigger than his game-winner in the Stanley Cup Final of 2013. Nicknamed “The Mutt,” he coined the phrase “shin pads” after that goal.
Shaw was always looking for ways to score goals in the crease. He also showed off his soccer skills in one of the coolest non-goals of all time.
Over his 10-year career, Shaw appeared in 544 games between Chicago and Montreal. He finished with 116 goals, 247 points and 573 penalty minutes. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will long be remembered in Chicago for his heroics during the 2013 and 2015 championship runs.
The Rink wishes Shaw health and happiness in the next phase of his life.