Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw retires at age 29

Andrew Shaw (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Emily Kaplan of ESPN on Monday, Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw of Belleville, Ontario has retired from the National Hockey League at age 29. Shaw spent 10 seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens from 2011 to 2021.

Shaw had two separate stints with the Blackhawks. He was originally with them from 2011 to 2016, and again from 2019 to 2021. From 2016 to 2019, Shaw was with the Canadiens.

A major reason why Shaw is retiring at the age of 29, is because he had several concussions during his NHL career. In the last two seasons with the Blackhawks, Shaw only played a total of 40 games.

In 2020-21, Shaw played 14 games with the Blackhawks. He had two goals and two assists for four points. Shaw also was a -5 with six penalty minutes, four power-play points, 25 shots on goal, 30 faceoff wins, four blocked shots, 20 hits, three takeaways, and three giveaways.

In Shaw’s career, he played in 544 games and had 116 goals and 131 assists for 247 points. He also was a +24 with 573 penalty minutes, 55 power-play points, 14 game-winning goals, 1013 shots on goal, 1710 faceoff wins, 218 blocked shots, 1044 hits, 169 takeaways, and 171 giveaways.

Shaw also won two Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. In 72 postseason games with Chicago, Shaw had 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points. He had a zero plus/minus rating, with 123 penalty minutes, seven power-play goals, two game-winning goals, 135 shots on goal, 240 faceoff wins, 17 blocked shots, 179 hits, 23 takeaways, and 15 giveaways.

The biggest goal Shaw ever scored in his NHL career came in game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Shaw scored from Dave Bolland of Mimico, Ontario, and Michal Rozsival of 12:08 of the triple-overtime period in a 4-3 Blackhawks victory. Chicago went on to beat Boston four games to two.

Shaw played his junior hockey with the Niagara IceDogs and the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. He then was selected in the fifth-round, 139th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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