After 15 Years And 4 Stanley Cups, Chris Kunitz Calls It A Career

The former Pens LW spent 3 years in Pittsburgh winning 3 Stanley Cups

July 30, 2019 - 1:31 pm

(93.7 The Fan) - After 15 years and four Stanley Cup Championships, Chris Kunitz is hanging up his skates.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native began his career with Anaheim during the 2003-04 season but spend most of his career in Pittsburgh playing nine seasons for the Penguins from 2008 to 2017.

The left-winger won three of his four Stanley Cups with the Pens in 09, 16 and 17.

He scored for the Penguins in his first game with Pittsburgh and one of his last for the Pens sent the Penguins to their second consecutive Final in 2017.

He played the 2017-18 season with Tampa and his final season with Chicago

The 39-year-old released the following statement on Tuesday through the Blackhawks website:

"On behalf of myself and my entire family, I'd like to take this opportunity to announce my official retirement from the National Hockey League.

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of four amazing organizations over the last 15 years. First and foremost, I'd like to sincerely thank the Anaheim Ducks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every one of these organizations was the ultimate example, not only to me, but to my children, on what true professionalism should be.

Secondly, I'd like to thank the owners, coaches, trainers, management. Your love for the game, the team and the community was exemplified daily. I am very fortunate to have worked with every one of you.

Finally, to my teammates, thank you for everything. As a young player you taught me to give my very best. Your leadership helped mold me into the player I knew I could be. I was given the opportunity to play with the very best teams and the very best players and I'm grateful for the laughs and the friendships that we shared together. Thank you for making my childhood dream come true."

Kunitz will join Chicago’s coaching staff and will serve as a player development adviser for the Blackhawks.

Kunitz racked up 268 goals and 351 assists for a total of 619 points in 1022 games in the NHL, getting 388 of those points during his nine years in Pittsburgh.

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