After 17 NHL seasons, veteran defenseman Brian Campbell has decided to call it a career.

The 38 year old made the announcement on Monday and will remain within the Hawks organization in a position in their business operations department. 

“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.”

He finishes with 1082 games played and was able to register 87 goals and 417 assists. He was a key part of a number of Blackhawks' teams including the 2010 Stanley Cup team, and like many others was a salary cap casualty and was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2011. 

He's looking forward to his new position with the team, especially since he always kept a home in Chicago, even while playing for the Panthers. 

“I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” said Campbell in a statement.

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Source: Chicago Tribune