Rick would like to thank everyone who has supported him during this hard time period, " the statement read.
The 34-year-old was among the stars to move at the 2017-18 National Hockey League trade deadline, but played just 23 games for Boston and was largely ineffective in the playoffs.
Six-time NHL All-Star Rick Nash is retiring, citing ongoing concussion symptoms and the risk of further brain injuries, his agent announced in a statement Friday. The concussion, suffered on a high hit from Tampa's Cedric Paquette on March 17, all but certainly played a part in that. 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.
At this time, it is uncertain if Nash will be signing a one-day contract with the club in order for him to retire a Columbus Blue Jacket, but one thing is for certain, he is not forgotten by his former franchise.
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.
Nash finished his career by playing 11 games last season with the Boston Bruins, who acquired him in a trade-deadline deal with the New York Rangers. There's a chance I could get healthy, come back and be great.
The 2002 first overall pick still ranks first in Blue Jackets history in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), and points (547). His 674 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets remains a franchise record, and he's the runaway leader in almost every scoring category by a wide margin.
Nash represented Canada at the Winter Olympics on three occasions, winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. 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.