Shaw did not play his November 30, 2019, after which he was placed on a reserve for long-term injured. He has three goals and 10 points in 26 games this season.
The 28-year-old has already said he doesn’t know how many concussions he has had in his career, but he estimates it is at least three or four.
Shaw has two Stanley Cup rings with the Blackhawks, and although he will not be joining them for their playoff series in a few weeks, he intends to return next season “better and stronger than ever”.
Here is his statement, via Instagram, in full:
I just wanted to let all Blackhawks fans and hockey fans know that I’m doing well and getting better every day! I feel healthy and I am on the verge of being cured not only of my last concussion, but also of the others I have had over the years.
I have learned a lot about concussions and head injuries over the past few years from Blackhawks medical staff from Dr. Mike Terry, Mike Gapski, Jeff Thomas and Patrick Becker. They have helped me in more ways than I can thank them for. I like them very much because I’m the kind of person who would play anything for my teammates.
All that said, with my family who have shown me so much support, we made the difficult decision that these extra five months until next season would be great for my health and recovery. I can’t wait to be back next season better and stronger than ever! There is nothing I would like more than to get back on the ice with the boys who are fighting for Lord Stanley.
I will cheer on my teammates and support the Blackhawks throughout this race! Do you love boys and miss you like crazy!