Rick Nash to retire due to concussion symptoms

Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

Rick Nash has announced his retirement from hockey after suffering a concussion last March.

The Brampton, Ont., native was drafted first overall by Columbus in 2002 and played 1,060 career National Hockey League games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, scoring 437 goals and tallying 805 points.

Nash missed the final 12 games of the regular season for the Bruins in 2017-18 because of a concussion sustained in March.

Resnick told NHL.com on Friday that Nash was holding out hope he could play this season, but on advice of his medical team made a decision to retire. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read.

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. After a few months of weighing his options, Nash decided it would be best if he just retired in order to keep his health intact. He had 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points.

Nash is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning in 2010 and 2014 with Team Canada. As an 18-year-old rookie, Nash scored in his first game with the Blue Jackets on October 10, 2002, and concluded his '02-03 freshman season with 17 goals and 39 points in 74 games, finishing third in Calder Trophy voting.

Nash was drafted first overall in 2002 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he spent nine seasons. 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".

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. He added three goals and two assists for five points in 12 playoff games. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.