Con­cus­sion symp­toms end Rick Nash’s ca­reer

The Peterborough Examiner - - 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, 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, $US62.4-mil­lion con­tract ex­pired.

“Nasher’s a good guy,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Bab­cock said. “I’ve talked to him a fair bit here over time. It’s dis­ap­point­ing for him, ob­vi­ously, but with a fam­ily pri­or­i­ties are pri­or­i­ties.

“I’ve known him for a long time. He’s a good man and we wish him well.”


Bos­ton’s Rick Nash played just 11 games last year. He an­nounced his re­tire­ment Fri­day.

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