The Morning Call (Sunday)

Crawford announces his retirment

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Corey Crawford, who helped the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups, retired Saturday less than three months after signing with the Devils and less than a week before the start of the NHL season. The 36-year-old goalie made the announceme­nt after a week of speculatio­n about his future. He did not practice this week. Devils coach Lindy Ruff said the decision was for personal reasons. Crawford said in a statement he wanted to continue his career, but believed he had given all he could to the game. Crawford said playing in the NHL was a childhood dream and he was proud to have been a part of winning two Stanley Cups. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane called Crawford an exceptiona­l player who always seemed in a good mood. “Still feel that he’s playing at a really high level, going back to last year in the playoffs,” Kane said. ”I guess just wish him all the best. Obviously, we’ll have conversati­ons and talk to him, but sometimes there are bigger things than hockey.” Crawford played in 10 NHL seasons and 488 regular-season games.

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