Former Chicago Blackhawk and Rockford IceHog Kurtis Gabriel announced his retirement today from professional hockey at the age of 29.
Gabriel was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Minnesota Wild. Gabriel bounced around from franchise to franchise hoping to crack the main roster and become a mainstay in an NHL lineup. Over his 9-year professional career, Gabriel played for Minnesota, New Jersey, San Jose, Chicago, and Toronto. Gabriel skated in 52 games at the NHL level over his career and tallied a total of five points. Gabriel was known for his gritty style of play and using every inch of his 6'6» frame to punish his opponents. We wish Kurtis Gabriel the best wherever his next chapter leads him!