Rick Nash, Ex-Bruins Winger, Retires Due To Concussion-Related Symptoms

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Rick Nash is skating away from hockey. "Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period".

Six-time NHL All-Star Rick Nash is retiring, citing ongoing concussion symptoms and the risk of further brain injuries, his agent announced in a statement Friday.

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.

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.

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

But it was with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who drafted him first overall in 2002, where the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder broke into the National Hockey League and established himself as a star player and offensive force.

In the 2003-04 season, Nash shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk when they each scored 41 goals.

Nash became a free agent last July 1 after his eight-year, $62.4-million (U.S.) contract expired.

The winger suffered a concussion at the end of March 2018 and missed the Bruins' final 12 games of the season but he did return for the playoffs and played in all 12 of the Bruins' post-season games.

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.

Nash represented Canada at the Winter Olympics on three occasions, winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.

Traded after the 2011-12 season to the Rangers, he similarly led the team in scoring in his 5 1/2 seasons there, but rarely shone in the playoffs, finishing his career with just 15 playoff goals and 26 assists in 77 games.

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