Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.
After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:
This sums up me and my families 10 years in Chicago, the experience have been absolutely fantastic. Playing in front of a sold out united center every game In front of the most passionate fans in the league. It's been a privilege playing with the amazing group of guys on the team and the organization that have treated us like family. It's sad to leave Chicago but I'm now excited for a new adventure in Arizona. Thank you to everyone who made these years so memorable! #2babies #3stanleycups #gotmarried #lovechicago #best20sever
One marriage. Two kids. Three rings.
Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.
The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?
Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?
Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: