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ST. LOUIS -- Andy McDonald is a free agent, but he won't be testing the waters. After spending the last five-plus seasons with the Blues, the 35-year-old forward has decided to retire, according to TrueHockey.com.
McDonald said he was retiring because of concerns about concussions. He has had at least five concussions, including two with the Blues. He missed 51 games last season due to a concussion suffered Oct. 13.
"The last few years, too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit," he told TrueHockey.com. "I was always thinking about it."
McDonald told TrueHockey.com that he started thinking about retirement during the regular season but did not make a firm decision until after the Los Angeles Kings had eliminated the Blues in the first round of the playoffs.
"I'm fortunate to get out now," he said. "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....
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Many wondered what the St. Louis Blues would do this off-season regarding the free agency of the popular Andy McDonald.
Now, they do not have to worry about it any longer.
According to Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com, McDonald has decided to retire, citing concussion concerns.
McDonald told Strickland that the five previous concussions he suffered were always on his mind.
Andy McDonald has played his final game in the NHL. According to Andy Strickland, McDonald is hanging up his skates due to post-concussion concerns. The veteran forward has suffered numerous concussions throughout his career and it appears he's now ready to call it quits over concerns that one more hit might have serious implications on his life after hockey.
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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues veteran Andy McDonald plans to retire from the NHL due to concussion concerns.
McDonald, 35, was set to become an unrestricted free agent later this month.
"When the season was initially over, I was intending on playing again," McDonald said. "I was motivated by the results of the season and...
What do Pete Peeters and Andy McDonald have in common? Both are retiring, and both have been part of the Ducks organization.
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Another sad end of a career was announced today due to concussions. Andy McDonald has called it quits. From Dec. 2010 to Feb. 2012, the St. Louis Blues forward missed 74 games due to two concussions. And now after eleven NHL seasons, McD decided it was time to just call it quits at the age of 35. McDonald [...]
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