Rick Nash, a No. 1 total N.H.L. draft decide and a star for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Rangers, has retired due to concussion-related signs, his agent stated Friday.
Nash, 34, trailed solely Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau with profession objectives amongst lively gamers with 437. He additionally had 368 assists in 1,060 profession video games.
“Because of unresolved points/signs from the concussion sustained final March, Rick Nash shall be pressured to retire from the sport of hockey,” his agent, Joe Resnick, stated in an announcement. “Below the recommendation of his medical group, the chance of additional mind damage is way too nice if Rick returns to play.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets chosen Nash, from Brampton, Ontario, within the 2002 draft. He entered the league at 18 and spent the primary 9 seasons with the group. He stays the franchise’s profession chief in objectives and poibts. The Blue Jackets traded him to the Rangers in 2012, the place he spent six seasons, and he additionally performed 11 video games with the Boston Bruins in 2018 after being traded there in February.
It was with the Bruins that he sustained his most up-to-date concussion, in March, although he did return for the playoffs. One other concussion, with the Rangers in 2013, pressured him to overlook six weeks.
Coming into this season, he was a free agent however informed groups in the beginning of free company that he wasn’t but able to play.
He led the N.H.L. in objectives with 41 in 2003-Four and tallied a career-high 42 objectives in 2014-15. He additionally received Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.