Campbell made the announcement during a radio interview Monday morning in Chicago. After five seasons with the Florida Panthers, Campbell returned to Chicago, finishing his career with the Blackhawks during the 2016-2017 season. He'd stay in Florida until this past fall, when he re-joined the Blackhawks for one final season before hanging up his skates for good.
"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", said Campbell.
On Monday morning, Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the National Hockey League and will join the team's business operations department. His time with the Blackhawks isn't. "The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I'm thankful for this new opportunity". He spent three seasons with the Hawks from 2008-2011 in which he was a key part of a three playoff teams before the Hawks traded him to the Panthers because of salary-cap considerations.
Since then, he's gone on to have one of the most illustrious careers in his draft class, wrapping up his career fifth in games played behind only Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Marian Hossa and Olli Jokinen.
"We'll see what happens", Campbell said after last season. Campbell appeared in four NHL All Star Games and on January 22, 2017, he recorded his 500th career point.