Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has announced that he will play for the Chicago Blackhawks this season instead of retiring.
“Hey, Chicago. It’s Marc, just want to let you know I’m in. Let’s get to work,” Fleury said in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday. The Blackhawks are set to hold a video news conference featuring Fleury and team president Stan Bowman on Monday.
After being traded from the Vegas Golden Knights to Chicago last Tuesday, it was said that he contemplated whether he should continue playing or retire. He joined the Golden Knights in the 2017 expansion draft.
The Blackhawks posted a picture of a flower on Twitter on Sunday, hinting at Fleury’s decision.
“The opportunity to acquire a Vezina-winning goaltender is rare and one you cannot pass up,” said Bowman last week. “Marc-Andre improves our goaltending, strengthens our team defense, and will have a huge impact on the overall development of the Blackhawks.”
Last season, Fleury averaged 1.98 goals-against at 26-10-0 with a .928 save percentage. He was voted the Vezina trophy winner by general managers.