Ex-Ranger Rick Nash re­tires at 34 due to ef­fects of con­cus­sion

The News-Times - - SCOREBOARD -

Rick Nash has de­cided to re­tire at 34 be­cause of un­re­solved symp­toms from a con­cus­sion he suf­fered in March.

Agent Joe Res­nick an­nounced Nash’s re­tire­ment in a state­ment Fri­day. Res­nick says Nash de­cided un­der ad­vice from doc­tors that the risk of brain in­jury was far too great if he re­turned to play hockey.

Nash scored 437 goals and had 368 as­sists for 805 points in 1,060 reg­u­larsea­son NHL games. The first over­all draft pick in 2002, he played 15 sea­sons: nine with the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets, five-plus with the New York Rangers and then fin­ished with the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

A 6-foot-4 power winger with a nose for the net, Nash won gold medals playing for Canada at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

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