Former New York Rangers Rick Nash has withdrawn from hockey following a concussion last season, said Agent Joe Resnick.
It's a sad, anti-climactic conclusion to an otherwise superlative NHL career. The former # 1 overall winner was a six-time NHL All-Star and was the league's top scorer in the 2003-2004 season. He scored 67th in the scoring charts and fourth in the 2002-2003 season.
He was two-time Olympic gold medal winner with Canada and won the 2007 World Cup with Canada. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
As for his Rangers' career, she was barely perfect. but he still delivered the whole thing. During Nash's five full seasons with the Rangers (1
Although his playoff rating was sometimes lacking, his overall impression was there. Based on Dom Luszczyszyn's game score, Nash took second place among all Rangers (at least 200 minutes) in the playoff games from 2013 to 2017 (Derick Brassard came first) in goals per game (at least 300 played games). That's more than many well-known names, including Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves.
Eventually, Nash will be remembered as one of the most modest and low-maintenance players the NHL has ever seen. All of his coaches loved his effort and behavior. He did not provoke any controversy, was in no trouble, and was always ready to confess publicly more than his guilt.
Blueshirt Banter wishes Rick and his family the best in retirement.