Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

Rick Nash has announced his retirement from hockey after suffering a concussion last March.

He had 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists) in 71 games with Boston and the Rangers in 2017-18, including six points (three goals, three assists) in 11 games after he was acquired February 25 in a trade for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren and two draft picks.

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

Resnick told NHL.com on Friday that Nash was holding out hope he could play this season, but on advice of his medical team made a decision to retire. "Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period". Nash has been a free agent since the end of last season, which he started with the New York Rangers and finished with the Boston Bruins.

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Nash is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning in 2010 and 2014 with Team Canada.

Nash missed the final 12 games of the regular season, but returned to average 16 minutes nightly in the playoffs, playing in all 12 games.

Nash concludes his career with 437 goals and 805 points in 1,060 games split between the Blue Jackets, Rangers, and Bruins.

Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena.

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Whether his number gets retired, or not, Rick Nash has been the most important player in Columbus Blue Jackets history.

He led the National Hockey League in goals with 41 in 2003-04 and tallied a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15. He added three goals and two assists for five points in 12 playoff games.

Nash became a free agent last July 1 after his eight-year, $62.4-million (U.S.) contract expired. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.

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