After 17 seasons in the National Hockey League, Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell has announced his retirement -- but he's not done with the Hawks yet.
The team tweeted Monday morning that Campbell, affectionately known as "Soupy," was retiring from professional hockey.
"Congrats on an incredible career, Soupy!" the team's official Twitter account posted.
But in a later message, the Hawks revealed Campbell would join the team's front office, assisting with marketing, community and youth hockey initiatives."
“We are excited that Brian will continue to be a part of the organization,” Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. “After a brilliant career on the ice, Brian will remain an important part of our franchise.”
Campbell, 38, finished his NHL career with 504 career points in 1,082 games. He played 295 games in four seasons with the Hawks, tallying 24 goals and 110 assists.
On Jan. 22 he recorded his 500th career point.
“I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” Campbell said in a statement. “I’m grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Buffalo, Florida and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I’m thankful for this new opportunity.”