Kunitz takes front-office role with Blackhawks after announcing retirement

Four-time Stanley Cup-winning forward Chris Kunitz has retired after 15 seasons in the NHL.

CHICAGO — Four-time Stanley Cup-winning forward Chris Kunitz has retired after 15 seasons in the NHL.

The 39-year-old Regina native, who played for Chicago last season, will stay with the Blackhawks as a player development adviser.

Kunitz won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

The undrafted Kunitz also played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He finished his NHL career with 268 goals, 351 assists and 619 points in 1,022 regular-season games.

Internationally, Kunitz won gold with Canada's 2014 Olympic team and silver at the 2008 world championship.

The Ducks signed Kunitz out of Ferris State University in 2003.

"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 said in a statement.

 

The Canadian Press