Center Andy McDonald, who set a Ducks club record of 10 goals in one postseason during the team’s drive to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship, said Thursday he plans to retire because he fears what will happen if he suffers another concussion.
The small-but-skillful McDonald, 35, had five concussions during a career that began with the Ducks in the 2000-01 season. He had 182 goals and 489 points in 685 NHL games and spent the last five-plus seasons with the St. Louis Blues.
“The last few years too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit. I was always thinking about it,” McDonald told the website truehockey.com.
“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 healthwise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”