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Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

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
Cassandra Castillo | 12 January, 2019, 15:57

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

The Brampton, Ont., native was drafted first overall by Columbus in 2002 and played 1,060 career National Hockey League games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, scoring 437 goals and tallying 805 points. "Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play", agent Joe Resnick said in a statement. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read.

Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Nash missed the rest of the regular season, but returned for the playoffs less than a month later, playing all 12 of Boston's playoff games.

Whether his number gets retired, or not, Rick Nash has been the most important player in Columbus Blue Jackets history. Nash, a big-bodied power forward with deft scoring skills, represented Canada twice at the Olympics, winning a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010 and striking gold again in Sochi in 2014.

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At the beginning of last offseason, the rumor mill was flying that Rick Nash had hoped to return to his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, but was waiting for what he was hoping to be positive news regarding his last concussion.

In the 2003-04 season, Nash shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk when they each scored 41 goals.

Nash was an unrestricted free agent after completing an eight-year, $62.4 million deal originally signed with Columbus. "The game has been my whole life, so it's been a hard adjustment to not show up for training camp, for fitness testing. But there's definitely a chance that I don't".

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