Longtime NHL winger Rick Nash retires

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

Top Shelf Hockey, which represents the 34-year-old winger from Brampton, Ont., put out a statement to announce his decision on Friday.

Prominent NHL player Rick Nash has retired from professional sport, citing lingering issues related to concussion, sustained during his illustrious sporting career.

Rick Nash has been forced to retire from the National Hockey League due to concussion worries. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read. The San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets had been reportedly checking in on Nash's status in recent months.

Nash played 1,060 games between the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins, scoring 437 goals while adding 368 assists.

In October, Nash didn't rule out returning to play in an interview with The Athletic. He missed six weeks with concussion symptoms in 2013 while with the Rangers. 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. He sustained a concussion shortly after the trade and scored three goals and six points in 11 regular-season games.

Nash was an unrestricted free agent after completing an eight-year, $62.4 million deal originally signed with Columbus.

Nash spent nine seasons with the Blue Jackets and is the franchise's all-time leader in goals (289), assists (258), points (547) and games played (674). 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. "We turned down a lot of money". Nash was often criticized for playoff struggles, but he was a part of the team's run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to the Kings. Resnick denied that was the case last summer.

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