After 15 NHL seasons, Rick Nash has announced his retirement.
Nash, 34, announced his decision in a statement on Friday morning through his agent Joe Resnick.
“Due to unresolved issues/symptoms from the concussions sustained last March, Rick Nash will be forced to retire from the game of hockey,” the statement read. “Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play.
The Brampton, Ont., native was drafted first-overall by Columbus in 2002 and played 1,060 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, scoring 437 goals and tallying 805 points.
Nash was also a two-time Olympic gold medallist with Team Canada, a six-time NHL All-Star and co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy for the 2003-04 season.
Nash spent nine seasons with the Blue Jackets and is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (289), assists (258), points (547) and games played (674).