After 17 seasons in the NHL, Chris Osgood retired today at the age of 38 with 401 career wins. Chris spent most of his NHL career playing for the Detroit Red Wings (14/17 seasons), the other 3 seasons he played for the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues. He also won 3 Stanley Cups (’97, ’98, ’08) and is a 2-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy. Chris is one of the few goalies who scored a goal legitimately. He scored against the Hartford Whalers on March 6, 1996 on an open net. Pretty impressive for a goalie to shoot a puck over 10 skaters and glide the puck into the net 200 feet down the ice. Chris was also named to the All-Star team 3 times (’96, ’97, ’08) but could not play in ’97 because of an injury.
Chris was a gifted and talented goalie, but it was inevitable that his tenure was coming to an end. After losing his starting job to Jimmy Howard the last few years, he simply could not play to the pace he once did. With that said, NHL fans, especially from Detroit recognize his contributions and will miss him dearly.