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Former Ranger Rick Nash Retires Citing Concussion Concerns

January 11, 2019 - 10:37 am
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By WFAN.com

Rick Nash, a six-time All-Star and key contributor for the Rangers for five-plus seasons, announced his retirement Friday, citing concussion concerns.

"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussion sustained last March, Rich Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey," Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, said in a statement, TSN's Darren Dreger reported. "Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play. Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this difficult time period."

The March concussion was the latest of several Nash reportedly suffered during his career.

The 34-year-old forward became an unrestricted free agent after last season but elected not to sign with a team while he contemplated his future.

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Nash played for the Rangers from 2012 until he was traded to the Boston Bruins last February in exchange for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, a first-round draft pick in 2018, a seventh-round pick in 2019 and college defenseman Ryan Lindgren.

Nash skated in 375 games for the Rangers, registering 145 goals and 107 assists for 252 points. His best season in New York came in 2014-15, when he led the team in goals (42) and points (69). He was also a member of the Blueshirts' 2014 Stanley Cup Final team.

“Rick has been a terrific player for the organization,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said shortly before trading him last year. “He’s a first-class guy. There’s not (enough) good things we can say about the player. Good family. He has been a great Ranger."

The Brampton, Ontario, native was the first overall pick in the 2002 draft by the the Columbus Blue Jackets. After nine seasons in Columbus, Nash was traded to the Rangers in July 2012 for centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. 

Overall for his career, the 6-foot-4 Nash had 289 goals, 258 assists and 547 points. He reached the 30-goal mark eight times, which included tying for the league lead in 2003-04 with 41.