Rick Nash officially retires due to concussion symptoms

Scott McLaughlin
January 11, 2019 - 10:45 am

Sadly, this announcement isn't surprising. 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 NHL due to "unresolved issues/symptoms" resulting from the concussion he suffered as a member of the Bruins last March.

"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. "Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this difficult time period."

Nash finishes his career with 437 goals, good for 67th all-time. He scored 30 or more goals in eight of 11 seasons from 2003-2015 with the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, including a league-leading 41 in 2003-04. He almost certainly would've hit the 30 mark in 2012-13, too, if not for the lockout.

The Bruins acquired Nash from the Rangers last February in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, a first-round pick and a seventh-round pick. He had three goals and three assists in 11 regular-season games with Boston, and three goals and two assists in 12 playoff games.