Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin announced his retirement from hockey Thursday with plans to manage in the KHL.
"I can officially declare that I have completed a career hockey player," Khabibulin told Russian news outlet Championat. "During the years of career I got a lot of experience, so I would like it as a use for the good of hockey. For example, as a manager in one of the clubs in the KHL."
Khabibulin, 42, is second behind Evgeni Nabokov in NHL career wins for a Russian goaltender (333 to 353). A four-time All-Star, Khabibulin played for Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Edmonton during his 20-year playing career. He guided the Lightning to its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2004, leading the playoffs in wins and shutouts.
Chicago signed Khabibulin following the 2004-05 lockout to a four-year, $27 million deal. He received his Stanley Cup ring from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 2, 2005 when the the Hawks visited the St. Pete Times Forum. Chicago lost the game 3-2 in a shootout as he watched from the bench.
Khabibulin ranks ninth all-time in Hawks franchise history with 91 wins. He posted a 91-80-25 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against during five seasons from 2005-09 and the 2013-14 campaign. His last NHL action came during the 2013-14 season, when he appeared in four games with the Hawks.