Devils' Corey Crawford retires after 10-year NHL career

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Corey Crawford in net for Blackhawks
Corey Crawford in net for Blackhawks

Devils goaltender Corey Crawford announced his retirement on Saturday following a 10-season NHL career.

"I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living,” Crawford said in a statement. “I wanted to continue my career, but believe I've given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire. I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision.

“I would like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the chance to live my childhood dream. I am proud to have been part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thank you to all of my teammates and coaches throughout the years. Also, thank you to the fans who make this great game what it is. I am happy and excited to move on to the next chapter of my life with my family."

Crawford signed a two-year deal with the Devils in the offseason but took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Friday due to personal reasons.

The 36-year-old was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Blackhawks, made two All-Star teams and won two Jennings Trophies, as well. He retires with a record of 260-162-53, a 2/45 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.