Rick Nash is skating away from hockey. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read.
Six-time NHL All-Star Rick Nash is retiring, citing ongoing concussion symptoms and the risk of further brain injuries, his agent announced in a statement Friday. He was involved in two high-profile trades in his career: the six-player blockbuster in July 2012 that brought him from Columbus to NY and the February 2018 deadline trade that saw the Bruins rent him before free agency from the Rangers.
Before NHL free agency began on July 1, his agent, Joe Resnick, told NHL.com Nash was undecided about playing this season because of health issues and would not be accepting contract offers.
Drafted No. 1 overall by Columbus in 2002, Nash played 15 National Hockey League seasons and his 437 regular-season goals are fourth in that period, trailing only Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau.
The Bruins spent big to get Nash, sending the Rangers forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defense prospect Ryan Lindgren, and a pair of draft picks, including their first rounder last summer.
In October, Nash said that while he missed the game, there was a good chance that he wouldn't return.
The Ontario native won two Olympic gold medals together with the Canadian team and claimed the world title and 2007 world tournament in Moscow. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't". He is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games (674), goals (289), assists (258), points (547), even-strength goals (192), power-play goals (83), shorthanded goals (14), game-winning goals (44) and shots (2,278).