Rick Nash Retires After 15 Seasons Due To Concussion Complications

Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

Rick Nash officially is hanging up his skates.

"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussion sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey", the statement reads. He was involved in two high-profile trades in his career: the six-player blockbuster in July 2012 that brought him from Columbus to NY and the February 2018 deadline trade that saw the Bruins rent him before free agency from the 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 made a decision to retire. 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. He returned for the Bruins' playoff run, which ended with a second-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and initially wanted to play this season, Resnick told NHL.com on Friday, before deciding to retire on the advice of his medical team.

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Nash was drafted first overall in 2002 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he spent nine seasons.

But after the season, Nash informed teams that he would not entertain offers as a free-agent forward, instead taking time to decide on his future.

An unrestricted free agent after the season, Nash showed interest in coming back to the Bruins, but announced in June he was sitting out the start of the free-agent signing period. "I miss it, I love the game", Nash said. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't". He did win gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics with Team Canada, as well as a 2007 world championship. He is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games (674), goals (289), assists (258), points (547), even-strength goals (192), power-play goals (83), shorthanded goals (14), game-winning goals (44) and shots (2,278).

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