Rick Nash officially retires due to concussion symptoms

Rick Nash officially retires due to concussion symptoms

Nash, 34, finishes his career with 437 goals and 368 assists in 1,060 games. The forward played for three teams throughout his career, spending the first half of his career with the Columbus Blue Jackets, before spending six seasons with the New York Rangers, and a short stint with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins spent big to get Nash, sending the Rangers forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defense prospect Ryan Lindgren, and a pair of draft picks, including their first rounder last summer.

There had been speculation that Nash would sit out the summer free-agency frenzy and return to the National Hockey League later in the season, perhaps when there was more clarity on which teams were contending for the Stanley Cup.

The Brampton, Ontario, native also won Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014. 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.

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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.

Despite the multiple rumors around his jersey number's retirement and raise to the rafters, Nash's presence is still felt throughout the Jackets record book. 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".

Nash was an unrestricted free agent after completing an eight-year, $62.4 million deal originally signed with Columbus. He was still on the fence in October, when he spoke to The Athletic about his future. 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. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't".

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