Today, St. Louis Blues center Scott Nichol announced his retirement from the NHL. His reason for retiring is to accept a job with the Nashville Predators front office staff as a Player Development Director evaluating prospected drafted by Nashville.
Nichol spent the last two seasons with the Blues after signing with them as a free agent in July 2011. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 11th round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Along with the Sabres and Blues, Nichol has also played with the San Jose Sharks, Predators, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames in total of 662 NHL career games and, in that time, he has tallied 127 points (56G, 71A) and 916 penalty minutes. In the two seasons (110 games) he played with the Blues, he recorded nine points (4G, 5A).
In his 13 seasons in the NHL, Nichol was well versed in face offs and penalty kills. At the end of this season, he felt it was finally time to call it quits as he could not stay healthy enough to play an entire season.
“At some point, your body just says ‘That’s enough,”’ said Nichol, who has had ACL surgery on both knees and surgery on both shoulder to repair torn labrums. “It’s the wear and tear of the body and that was the deciding factor. If I could stay healthy I’d play another year, but there’s not many injuries left I haven’t already sustained.”
The Stanley Cup has eluded Nichol as a player, so he is hoping that he can help the Predators win one in a management position instead.