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Rick Nash officially retires from the NHL

A sad ending to a great career.

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Six

It's not a huge surprise, but it's still disappointing: Rick Nash has announced his retirement from the NHL.

Darren Dreger went on to report that the Bruins were keeping tabs on Nash throughout this season, meaning they were interested in exploring bringing him back in.

Unfortunately, his health never improved enough from the concussion he suffered last March against Tampa Bay.

This was the hit that ultimately led Nash to hang 'em up:

It's interesting to note that the statement mentions the symptoms Nash was suffering since last March; this lends credence to the theory that Nash wasn't right throughout the entire playoff run, and probably should never have been playing.

Nash finished his short tenure with the Bruins with 6 goals and 5 assists in 23 games, including the playoffs.

For his career, the big winger finished with 455 goals and 396 assists, good for 851 points, in 1149 games.

Here's to hoping Nash returns to full health in retirement.