Chicago Blackhawks Brian Campbell Retires

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

After 17 seasons and 1,082 career games, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell is officially retiring.

The defenceman was an unrestricted free agent this summer and coming off a five-goal, 17-point season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I'm excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life", Campbell said in a statement on Monday. He'd stay in Florida until this past fall, when he re-joined the Blackhawks for one final season before hanging up his skates for good.

Campbell owns 87 career goals and 504 points. Campbell said after the season he would either continue playing in Chicago or retire, and Campbell opted for the latter.

The Blackhawks signed Campbell to a $57.14 million United States, eight-year contract in 2008, and he played nearly 20 minutes a game during their Cup run before a salary-cap crunch led to a trade to the Florida Panthers in 2011. He started his career with the Buffalo Sabres and skated in more than 1,000 National Hockey League games with Buffalo, Chicago, San Jose and the Florida Panthers. "After a brilliant career on the ice, Brian will remain an important part of our franchise". He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round in 1997 and played for the Sabres, Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks. "The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I'm thankful for this new opportunity".

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