BREAKING: Legendary Blackhawk Retires From Hockey Officially

Published September 9, 2023 at 4:22 PM

One of the best Chicago Blackhawks of all time has officially retired from hockey.

Hjalmarsson Retires

It was just announced that Niklas Hjalmarsson has officially retired from hockey for the second time.

Niklas Hjalmarsson has announced his retirement from professional hockey. He originally retired in 2021, but returned in 2022 and played 17 games for HV71 (SHL) in the 22-23 season.

The 36-year old was a 2005 4th round pick, he played in 821 total GP for #Hawks and #Yotes, winning 3 Stanley Cups with #Hawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015.

Hjalmarsson was one of the most important pieces of the Blackhawks' dynasty. As their number one shutdown defender, Hjalmarsson ensured that the Blackhawks were not getting scored on and made sure that his talented teammates got opportunities to have possession.

Hjalmarsson previously retired in 2021 but decided to come back in 2022 to play for HV71 of the SHL where he captained the team for 17 games.

He played his final NHL game in 2021 with the Coyotes. That put a bow on his 821-game NHL career. He is undoubtedly one of the best Swedish defensemen of all time and a role model for many shutdown defensemen around the world.

We wish him all the best with his next stage of life.
September 9   |   1 answers
BREAKING: Legendary Blackhawk Retires From Hockey Officially

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