St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald is the second veteran for the Blues to retire in the past two days. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer come July, but made the decision to retire due to concerns with the number of concussions he has suffered throughout his NHL career.
McDonald suffered five concussions throughout his 11 seasons in the NHL. In the 2011-12 season, he missed a total of 51 games because of his most recent concussion and suffering from post-concussion symptoms. In the 25 games he did play that season, he managed to record 22 points (10G, 12A). Certainly no one can blame McDonald for wanting to end his career due to his concern for the possibility of suffering another concussion or while he is still healthy and still at the top of his game. This shortened season alone he tallied 21 points (7G, 14A) in the 37 games he played. During his overall career with the Blues, McDonald tallied 230 points (90G, 140A) in 294 games. From Belleville News Democrat:
“He certainly maximized his talents and should be very proud of what he accomplished in this league,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “He was probably the most well-conditioned athlete we had here in St. Louis and probably spent more time taking care of his body than anyone in our organization.”
Prior to joining St. Louis in Dec. 2007, he was part of the Anaheim Ducks and played a big role in the Ducks Stanley Cup Championship during the 2006-07 season helping them win over the Ottawa Senators in five games. While with Anaheim, McDonald played in 391 games and earned 259 points (92G, 167A).