Officially, Rick Nash has Hung Up the Skates

Rick Nash announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

Following consultation with doctors, the 34-year-old chose to quit sport to avoid possible brain injury which concussion-related complications might provoke.

Rick Nash has been forced to retire from the National Hockey League due to concussion worries. "Under the advice of his medical team, the risk of further brain injury is far too great if Rick returns to play", Resnick said in the statement, per ESPN.com.

Paquette was not given a penalty on the play and didn't receive a suspension or fine from the National Hockey League.

The winger suffered a concussion at the end of March 2018 and missed the Bruins' final 12 games of the season but he did return for the playoffs and played in all 12 of the Bruins' post-season games. Boston was eliminated in the second round. Still dealing with the effects of a concussion, it has now forced him to retire.

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. Amid rumors in October that he'd submitted his retirement paperwork with the NHL, Nash told The Athletic that "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".

Nash was drafted first overall in 2002 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he spent nine seasons. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great. Milan Lucic was responsible for one of them, via a 2013 check into the glass during Nash's time with the Rangers. He spent almost six seasons with the Rangers, making it to the Stanley Cup final in 2014 (losing to the Los Angeles Kings) and scoring a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15. He also had 368 assists in 1,060 career games. He also enjoyed incredible success on the global stage, winning two Olympic gold medals for Canada and three silvers at the World Championship.

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