Following consultation with doctors, the 34-year-old made a decision to quit sport to avoid possible brain injury which concussion-related complications might provoke.
"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 period. Still dealing with the effects of a concussion, it has now forced him to retire.
Nash totaled three goals and three assists for six points in 11 games with the Bruins last season.
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. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.
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The story noted Nash suffered at least three concussions in his career.
Drafted No. 1 overall by Columbus in 2002, Nash played 15 National Hockey League seasons and his 437 regular-season goals are fourth in that period, trailing only Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau.
He was a franchise star with the Blue Jackets, but his tenure with the Rangers had its peaks and valleys, particularly due to inconsistency in the postseason, where Nash had 14 goals in 73 games.
Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena.
Nash represented Canada at the Winter Olympics on three occasions, winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi.