Nash retires from National Hockey League, citing concussion symptoms

Jose Verdugo
Enero 12, 2019

An eight-time 30-goal scorer, Nash had 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 NHL games with the Bruins, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.

"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms resulting from the concussion sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey", the statement reads.

The 34-year-old most recently played for the Boston Bruins in the 2017-18 season after being acquired ahead of the trade deadline from the New York Rangers.

Resnick told NHL.com on Friday that Nash was holding out hope he could play this season, but on advice of his medical team chose to retire.

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Eligible for unrestricted free agency when his contract expired at the end of last season, Nash made a decision to take some time away from the game and mull his future. In a statement to TSN's Darren Dreger, Rick Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, announced that the 34-year-old forward is retiring from the National Hockey League due to "unresolved issues/symptoms" resulting from the concussion he suffered as a member of the Bruins last March. Nash missed the rest of the regular season, but returned for the playoffs less than a month later, playing all 12 of Boston's playoff games.

The Bruins spent big to get Nash, sending the Rangers forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defense prospect Ryan Lindgren, and a pair of draft picks, including their first rounder last summer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins were reportedly among the teams interested in signing Nash this season. He also scored three goals and added two assists in 12 playoff games. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't". He also enjoyed incredible success on the global stage, winning two Olympic gold medals for Canada and three silvers at the World Championship.

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