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Former Chicago Blackhawks Forward Jamal Mayers Announces Retirement.

By Sean Fitzgerald

Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jamal Mayers (22) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration parade in downtown Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Jamal Mayers, former Chicago Blackhawks forward, announced his retirement from the NHL. Mayers had been a member of the Blackhawks for two seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13. Mayers began his career with the St. Louis Blues in 1996-97. Mayers played for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maples Leafs, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Mayers was by no means a star in the NHL, for his career he averaged 11:29 of ice time per game. Mayers was probably best viewed as an enforcer type winger, while Mayers viewed himself as “average type player” . Mayers accumulated 1200 penalty minutes in his 15 year career.  His best season came with St. Louis in 2007-08 when he had 12 goals, 15 assists and 27 points. He also racked up 91 penalty minutes and averaged 15:56 minutes of ice time.

During his tenure with the Blackhawks, Mayers became known for his speech in the locker room after Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi Finals loss in Detroit to the Red Wings. Mayers spoke from the heart

"“I think we have a special group here,” Mayers said. “We’ve done some special things in the regular season. But I think that we hadn’t really left everything on the ice. My message was pretty simple, that we had more to give. The last thing we want to have as a group is regret, because you never know if things will stay the same and if the team’s going to stay together."

The speech by Mayers reached a lot of the younger players in the locker room.  Nick Leddy said about the speech: “Words coming from a guy like him and how much [we] respect him, I think they were great words and I think they paid off,” teammate Leddy said. “He’s a part of this team and it doesn’t matter who steps up and talks. I thought it was really cool of him to do that.”  The Blackhawks would rally against the Red Wings winning three in a row. The Blackhawks would continue to ride the momentum onto to a Stanley Cup Championship.

Mayers having played so little during the regular season and not at all during the playoffs. He would not normally have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.  The Blackhawks would petition the NHL for his name to be on the Cup, and the  NHL would honor his request. And Mayers would have his name rightfully engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Mayers is still in the spotlight. Mayers is an NHL analyst on NHL network.

What is your favorite memory of Mayers stay in Chicago?