Rick Nash officially retires due to concussion symptoms

Rick Nash

Prominent NHL player Rick Nash has retired from professional sport, citing lingering issues related to concussion, sustained during his illustrious sporting career.

The 34-year-old most recently played for the Boston Bruins in the 2017-18 season after being acquired ahead of the trade deadline from the New York Rangers.

"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.

Boston Bruins forward Rick Nash addresses the media prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. Nash has announced his retirement from the NHL after suffering a concussion last March. He had 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points. He returned for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and had five points (three goals, two assists) in 12 games.

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 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.

Nash represented Canada at the Winter Olympics on three occasions, winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. The team followed up with another tweet, linking to a story and saying, "He went on to play for the Rangers and Bruins, but Rick Nash will forever be a Columbus Blue Jacket".

Nash was an unrestricted free agent after completing an eight-year, $62.4 million deal originally signed with Columbus.

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. "The game has been my whole life, so it's been a hard adjustment to not show up for training camp, for fitness testing ... it's been really tough. But there's definitely a chance that I don't".

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