Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Former Rangers star Rick Nash forced to retire early

Former Rangers star Rick Nash forced to retire early

He also enjoyed incredible success on the global stage, winning two Olympic gold medals for Canada and three silvers at the World Championship.

"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 reads.

He led the National Hockey League in goals with 41 in 2003-04 and tallied a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15. While with the Bruins, Nash had three goals and three assists in 11 regular-season games and three goals and two assists in 12 playoff games.

He had 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists) in 71 games with Boston and the Rangers in 2017-18, including six points (three goals, three assists) in 11 games after he was acquired February 25 in a trade for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren and two draft picks. He spent almost six seasons with the Rangers, making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2014 (losing to the Los Angeles Kings) and scoring a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15.

Nash's impact in Columbus can be clearly seen in the team's record book.

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.

Until his retirement, Nash trailed only Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau with career goals scored among active players with 437.

Before NHL free agency began on July 1, his agent, Joe Resnick, told Nash was undecided about playing this season because of health issues and would not be accepting contract offers. He was still on the fence in October, when he spoke to The Athletic about his future. "The game has been my whole life, so it's been a hard adjustment to not show up for training camp, for fitness testing. But there's definitely a chance that I don't". His career high for goals in a season is one.

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