Canadian forward Rick Nash had a solid playing career but his time in hockey will come to an end in an unfortunate fashion. Due to unresolved issues from concussions, he will be forced to retire.
Nash’s career spanned 15 seasons, playing with Columbus, New York, and Boston. In his career, Nash tallied 437 goals, 368 assists, and 805 points. He also played in 1060 NHL games.
Nash was born in Brampton, Ontario. His decision comes as a 34-year-old. He played his junior hockey with the London Knights of the OHL. During the NHL’s two lockouts, he spent time with Davos HC in the Swiss league.
Nash was drafted in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was also the first overall selection.
He picked up many awards and honors throughout his playing career. Nash won the World Championship, two Olympic Gold Medals, 1 World Junior Silver Medal, 2 World Championship Silver Medals and the Rocket Richard Trophy. He also won the NLA Championship and NHL Foundation Player award.
As a 15-year-old playing in the GTHL for the Toronto Marlboros, Nash recorded 115 points in 34 games played. He is also a six-time All-Star.
As mentioned, Nash is being forced to retire due to symptoms/unresolved issues from a concussion in March. Top Shelf Management released a statement on Nash’s behalf. He felt that the risk of brain injury is far too great if he returns to action
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Entering this season, Nash as an unrestricted free agent. He had offers on the table but opted not to sign as he continued his concussion recovery.
In an interview with The Athletic, Nash hoped to come back and play when healthy but acknowledged that there was a chance he didn’t return at all. “There’s a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great. But there’s definitely a chance that I don’t.”
Nash spent his final season split with Boston and New York. He sustained the injury in March and missed the remaining 12 games of the regular season. Nash would return in the playoffs to play for the Bruins in 12 games, recording 5 points in the process.