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Andy McDonald retires, citing concussion concerns

Jun 6, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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In somewhat surprising news, Blues forward Andy McDonald is retiring, citing post-concussion concerns as his reason for leaving the game.

“The last few years too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit. I was always thinking about it,” McDonald tells True Hockey.

“I’m fortunate to get out now. I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but health-wise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”

McDonald, 35, had seven goals and 14 assists in 37 games this season. He appeared in all six playoff games for St. Louis, failing to register a point.

According to True Hockey, McDonald suffered five concussions during his NHL career.

McDonald was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

In all, he played 685 regular-season games, scoring 182 goals and adding 307 assists.

He also won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

  1. bekay19 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    A true professional making an extremely difficult but wise decision.
    Best of luck

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    he doesn’t owe the fans his life. helluva career, played it safe, gotta respect that. good luck Andy.

  3. bcsteele - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Class act and the right call. Hopefully St. Louis keeps him in a developement role or something.

    Not that I wanted to see it happen this way, but with McDonald’s 4.7 million hit off the books, it should make things alot easier to keep the rest of the team together. At the same time though losing McDonald’s play making ability will be a hit to our already struggling offense. Hopefully the younger guys can step up some more.

    Now if we can figure something out with the goaltending…

    • 19to77 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Call the Isles and pitch Halak-for-Niederreiter or something like that? They need to upgrade in net.

  4. kingsforever - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    So STL loses their number 2 and 3 centers to retirement? lol

  5. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    in reality it was a 3rd liner and a 13th forward.

  6. billyhauntswizards - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    poor guy. Was an amazing player but injuries were taking a toll on his career. Good luck Andy.

  7. pennerismyhomeboy - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Much respect

  8. tuberippin - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Better for Andy Mac to go out this way than to risk another concussion and end up forced out like Marc Savard was.

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