Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Rick Nash Retires After 15 Seasons Due To Concussion Complications

Rick Nash scored 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points during his 15-year career Rick Nash scored 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points during his 15-year career
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2019, 15:58

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 on Friday that Nash was holding out hope he could play this season, but on advice of his medical team chose to retire.

An eight-time 30-goal scorer, Nash had 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 NHL games with the Bruins, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.

Boston Bruins forward Rick Nash addresses the media prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. Nash has announced his retirement from the NHL after suffering a concussion last March.

The former London Knights junior star also was part of two Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian teams in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. He spent almost six seasons with the Rangers, making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2014 (losing to the Los Angeles Kings) and scoring a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15. As an 18-year-old rookie, Nash scored in his first game with the Blue Jackets on October 10, 2002, and concluded his '02-03 freshman season with 17 goals and 39 points in 74 games, finishing third in Calder Trophy voting.

Nash, who won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer in 2003-04 (41), has 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 89 National Hockey League playoff games.

Whether his number gets retired, or not, Rick Nash has been the most important player in Columbus Blue Jackets history.

According to Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins were among the teams who checked in with Nash over the past few months. "The game has been my whole life, so it's been a hard adjustment to not show up for training camp, for fitness testing ... it's been really tough". There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.