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News Nash retires from National Hockey League after 15 seasons

News Nash retires from National Hockey League after 15 seasons

Prominent NHL player Rick Nash has retired from professional sport, citing lingering issues related to concussion, sustained during his illustrious sporting career. He also played the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins during his 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, scoring 437 goals and making 368 assists.

Nash missed the final 12 games of the regular season for the Bruins in 2017-18 because of a concussion sustained in March. "Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play", agent Joe Resnick said in a statement.

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. 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.

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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.

His 674 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets remains a franchise record, and he's the runaway leader in almost every scoring category by a wide margin. He did win gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics with Team Canada, as well as a 2007 world championship.

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 had five points (three goals, two assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. But my family is what's most important to me, and I have to get my health in the right spot before I figure out what my plans are, and I don't know when that will be.