Rick Nash, a 34-year-old left winger and probably the most prolific scorers in current NHL historical past, has retired due to concussion-related symptoms, his agent introduced Friday.
“Due to unresolved points/symptoms from the concussion sustained final March, Rick Nash will likely be compelled to retire from the sport of hockey. Beneath the recommendation of his medical crew, the chance of additional mind damage is way too nice if Rick returns to play,” his agent Joe Resnick mentioned in an announcement. “Rick would really like to thank everybody who has supported him throughout this troublesome time interval.”
Nash was drafted first total in 2002 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Taking part in for the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, Nash had 437 objectives and 368 assists in 1,060 profession video games. Till his retirement, Nash was third amongst lively NHL gamers in objectives scored, rating behind Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau. He led the NHL with 41 objectives in 2003-04 and was a six-time All-Star.
He suffered a number of reported concussions throughout his NHL profession, most lately in March as a member of the Bruins. He missed six weeks with concussion symptoms in 2013 whereas with the Rangers.
Nash was an unrestricted free agent after finishing an eight-year, $62.four million deal initially signed with Columbus. He was concerned in two high-profile trades in his profession: the six-player blockbuster in July 2012 that introduced him from Columbus to New York and the February 2018 deadline commerce that noticed the Bruins lease him earlier than free company from the Rangers.
He was a franchise star with the Blue Jackets, however his tenure with the Rangers had its peaks and valleys, significantly due to inconsistency within the postseason, the place Nash had 14 objectives in 73 video games. Whereas with the Bruins, Nash had three objectives and three assists in 11 regular-season video games and three objectives and two assists in 12 playoff video games.
However after the season, Nash knowledgeable groups that he wouldn’t entertain presents as a free-agent ahead, as an alternative taking time to determine on his future.
“Rick has the utmost ethics and integrity,” Resnick advised ESPN. “We turned down some huge cash. Let’s put it that approach.”
There had been hypothesis that Nash would sit out the summer time free-agency frenzy and return to the NHL later within the season, maybe when there was extra readability on which groups had been contending for the Stanley Cup. Resnick denied that was case final summer time.
Ultimately, the choice was to select long-term well being over a return to the ice.