Long-time NHL player Rick Nash forced to retire due to concussions

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rick Nash announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday morning. The 34-year-old Brampton, Ontario, Canada native admitted he was forced into retirement due to concussion-like symptoms.

He last played during the 2017-18 season with the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. In his career, he played for three teams, as he began his career with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Boston Bruins left winger Rick Nash waits for a face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 NHL Playoffs
Rick Nash waits for a face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 NHL Playoffs (Getty Images)

Nash was traded to the Bruins on February 25th, 2018. In exchange, the Rangers acquired Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, and the Bruins first-round draft pick.

After being acquired by the Bruins, Nash appeared in 11 games. He had three goals and three assists for six points. He also had a – 4 +/- and 4 PIM.

With the Rangers, he had 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points in 60 games to begin the 2018 season. He also had a – 8 +/- and 24 PIM.

In his five-plus years with the Rangers, he appeared in 375 games. He had 145 goals and 107 assists for 252 points. In addition, he also had a 64 +/- and 178 PIM.

His first nine seasons with the Blue Jays, he appeared in 674 games. He had 289 goals and 258 assists for 547 yards. He also had a 71 +/- and 568 PIM.

He also had seven hat tricks in his career. His final hat trick came in a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on November 21st, 2015.

Nash was a six-time NHL All-Star with his final All-Star appearance coming in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. He also won the 2003-04 NHL Maurice Richard Trophy.

His 437 goals is 67th all-time in a career. His 22 short-handed goals are 58th, and his 73 game-winning goals are 46th.

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