Long­time NHL winger Rick Nash re­tires

Kingston Whig-Standard - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Rick Nash has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from hockey af­ter suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion last March.

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

“Due to un­re­solved is­sues/ symp­toms from the con­cus­sion sus­tained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to re­tire from the game of hockey,” the state­ment says.

“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 fin­ished his ca­reer by play­ing 11 games last sea­son with the Bos­ton Bru­ins, who ac­quired him in a trade-dead­line deal with the New York Rangers.

The first over­all pick in the 2002 draft by the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets, Nash played 1,060 NHL games over 15 sea­sons. He had 437 goals and 368 as­sists for 805 points.

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.

Nash be­came a free agent last July 1 af­ter his eight-year, $US62.4mil­lion con­tract ex­pired.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Rick Nash speaks to re­porters at the Cana­dian na­tional men’s team ori­en­ta­tion camp in 2013. Nash has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from hockey Fri­day, af­ter suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion last March.

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