Former Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Trevor Daley retires from NHL

Chicago Blackhawks, Trevor Daley (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Trevor Daley (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

One former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman is calling it a career after 16 seasons, including one brief stop in Chicago. Well done Trevor Daley on an amazing career.

Trevor Daley did not have that long of a career with the Chicago Blackhawks. He stopped into the city during the 2015-16 season after getting traded to Chicago for Patrick Sharp. Daley was just 32 years old at that time. While he did not fit with the team great, he would go on to have future success.

After just 29 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Bowman traded Daley to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the hopes to get a fresh start with a new team. Luckily for Daley, Stan Bowman traded Daley to the future Stanley Cup championship team for the year.

Daley went to the Stanley Cup playoffs seven times during his career. It was the last two years in the playoffs that resulted in Daley’s two Stanley Cup championships. He played in 15 games during the team’s first run to the Stanley Cup in 2016 and averaged 22:08 minutes on ice a game and, they would go on to win another Stanley Cup.

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Like the other defensemen that the Blackhawks would trade away to eventually win a Stanley Cup, I am not upset that Daley won with another team. I am happy that he got to experience a championship after getting drafted all the way back in the 2002 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars.

Daley is going to join the Penguins as a hockey operations adviser. Similar to former Blackhawks going on to take roles with the Chicago Blackhawks hockey operations, this is a great move for Daley to continue to work in hockey while he enters retirement.

Congratulations Trevor Daley on a great career. While your stop in Chicago was not that long, once a Blackhawk always a Blackhawk!