Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 National Hockey League seasons

Florence Fletcher
January 12, 2019

Nash last played for the Boston Bruins but opted not to sign a contract when he became an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussion sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey", the statement says.

Resnick told NHL.com on Friday that Nash was holding out hope he could play this season, but on advice of his medical team chose to retire.

An eight-time 30-goal scorer, Nash had 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 NHL games with the Bruins, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.

The Rangers acquired Nash after the 2012 season and he played six seasons on Broadway before being dealt to Boston before last season's trade deadline.

He is the Blue Jackets all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).

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The former London Knights junior star also was part of two Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian teams in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi.

Correction - January 11, 2019: The headline was edited from a previous version that misspelled Rick Nash's given name.

There had been speculation that Nash would sit out the summer free-agency frenzy and return to the National Hockey League later in the season, perhaps when there was more clarity on which teams were contending for the Stanley Cup.

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.

"I miss it; I love the game", Nash said in that interview. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't".

Traded after the 2011-12 season to the Rangers, he similarly led the team in scoring in his 5 1/2 seasons there, but rarely shone in the playoffs, finishing his career with just 15 playoff goals and 26 assists in 77 games.

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