Former Blackhawks, Coyotes Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson Retires

Report: 3-time Stanley Cup champion Hjalmarsson retires originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Insider for the Arizona Coyotes Craig Morgan reported on Sunday that Niklas Hjalmarsson, three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks, has retired at age 34.

Drafted to the Hawks in 2005, Hjalmarsson made his NHL debut is 2006, and was an integral part of the team’s defense and overall core for 10 years before he was dealt to Arizona after the 2016-17 season in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

The Swedish-born shot blocker is one of seven Blackhawks with his name etched into the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013 and 2015), making him one of the greatest defensemen in franchise history and a member of NBC Sports Chicago’s All-Decade team.

The “Hammer” also earned an Olympic silver medal for Team Sweden in 2014.

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