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Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw, citing concussions, retires from NHL at 29

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
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Andrew Shaw, who won two Stanley Cups during his 10 seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement Monday at the age of 29 after a history of concussions.

Shaw, a fifth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2011, played a part in the second and third Stanley Cup victories of the Blackhawks' run of three championships in six seasons. He won the 2013 and 2015 titles and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens after the second one. After three seasons there, the Canadiens traded him back to the Blackhawks before the 2019-20 campaign.

"There comes a time when every athlete needs to realize that health is a priority and a future with their family is most important," Shaw said in a video posted on social media.

On the long-term injured reserve since March, doctors recommended that after several concussions he step away from the game, even as he's recovered from the injuries.

"And for the first time in my life," Shaw said, "I'm going to listen."

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Shaw had been limited to 40 games over the last two seasons.

A right winger from Belleville, Ontario, Shaw posted 247 points (116 goals, 131 assists) in 544 regular-season contests. He scored five postseason goals during each of the Blackhawks' two Stanley Cup runs he was a part of and had 35 points in 72 career playoff games.

During the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, he scored in the third overtime of Game 1 to beat the Boston Bruins when a shot deflected in off his leg

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw retires from NHL at 29 due to concussions