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.
Top Shelf Hockey, which represents the 34-year-old winger from Brampton, Ont., put out a statement to announce his decision on Friday.
Prominent NHL player Rick Nash has retired from professional sport, citing lingering issues related to concussion, sustained during his illustrious sporting career.More news: 'Grossly stupid': Sydney teen deported from New Zealand after airline bomb threat
"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. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read. The Blue Jackets traded him to the New York Rangers in 2012, where he spent six seasons, and he also played 11 games with the Boston Bruins in 2018 after being traded there in February.
He is the Blue Jackets all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547). He added three goals and two assists for five points in 12 playoff games. He also enjoyed incredible success on the worldwide stage, winning two Olympic gold medals for Canada and three silvers at the World Championship.
Nash was an unrestricted free agent after completing an eight-year, $62.4 million deal originally signed with Columbus.More news: Person driving blindfolded crashes while playing the 'Bird Box Challenge'
But it was with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who drafted him first overall in 2002, where the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder broke into the National Hockey League and established himself as a star player and offensive force.
But after the season, Nash informed teams that he would not entertain offers as a free-agent forward, instead taking time to decide on his future.
Nash missed the final 12 games of the regular season, but returned to average 16 minutes nightly in the playoffs, playing in all 12 games. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't".More news: Britons feared dead in Cuba bus crash that killed seven