Kunitz takes front-office role with Blackhawks after announcing retirement

Chris Kunitz

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He played for five teams - the Ducks, Thrashers, Penguins, Lightning and Blackhawks - but will most likely be remembered for his nine seasons in Pittsburgh, where he won three Stanley Cups playing alongside Sidney Crosby.

He ranks ninth in goals (169) and 14th in points (388) in Penguins franchise history.

Chris Kunitz has retired after winning four Stanley Cup titles in 15 National Hockey League seasons, and he is joining the Chicago Blackhawks' front office as a player development adviser. He also had 93 points (27 goals, 66 assists) in 178 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Kunitz also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

Kunitz played for the Blackhawks last season, collecting five goals and five assists in 56 games.

The 39-year-old, who spent his last season in Chicago, will join the Blackhawks' hockey operations department as a player development adviser, assisting both the NHL team's and AHL squad's coaching staffs.

The Ducks signed Kunitz out of Ferris State University in 2003.

Four time Stanley Cup champion and Regina native, Chris Kunitz has chose to hang up his skates. Every one of these organizations was the ultimate example, not only to me, but to my children, on what true professionalism should be. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of four unbelievable organizations over the last 15 years.

"Secondly, I'd like to thank the owners, coaches, trainers, management". Your love for the game, the team and the community was exemplified daily. He went on to score 19 goals with the Ducks that year, finishing 15th in Calder Trophy voting.

Despite being an integral part of the Ducks' title run in 2007, he was traded to the Penguins on February 26, 2009, along with Eric Tangradi, in exchange for coveted defenseman Ryan Whitney.

"Finally, to my teammates, thank you for everything".

Kunitz is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, NHL All Star. Your leadership helped mold me into the player I knew I could be. "Thank you for making my childhood dream come true".

"As a young player you taught me to give my very best", Kunitz said.

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