Following consultation with doctors, the 34-year-old made a decision to quit sport to avoid possible brain injury which concussion-related complications might provoke. The concussion, however, short circuited a deal that both sides were excited about making.
"Due to unresolved issues/symptoms resulting from the concussion sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey", the statement reads.
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. 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.
An unrestricted free agent after the season, Nash showed interest in coming back to the Bruins, but announced in June he was sitting out the start of the free-agent signing period. "I miss it, I love the game", Nash said. "But there's definitely a chance that I don't".
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The first overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nash played 1,060 National Hockey League games over 15 seasons.
He is the Blue Jackets all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547). Nash was often criticized for playoff struggles, but he was a part of the team's run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to the Kings.
The Ontario native won two Olympic gold medals together with the Canadian team and claimed the world title and 2007 world tournament in Moscow.