Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Longtime NHL winger Rich Nash retires because of concussion symptoms

Longtime NHL winger Rich Nash retires because of concussion symptoms

Rick Nash's hockey career is finished, done in by a concussion he suffered during a brief run with the Bruins to end last season. "Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period".

"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussion sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey", Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, said in a statement released Thursday morning. 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.

Nash, 34, chose not to sign with an National Hockey League team as a free agent this summer due to health concerns. As an 18-year-old rookie, Nash scored in his first game with the Blue Jackets on October 10, 2002, and concluded his '02-03 freshman season with 17 goals and 39 points in 74 games, finishing third in Calder Trophy voting.

The 2002 first overall pick still ranks first in Blue Jackets history in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), and points (547).

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.

But in June it was reported that Nash would not be fielding free agent offers while he continued his concussion recovery, despite contracts being on the table.

Eligible for unrestricted free agency when his contract expired at the end of last season, Nash chose to take some time away from the game and mull his future. He did win gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics with Team Canada, as well as a 2007 world championship. He had five points (three goals, two assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.

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